ZeroNorth to deploy optimisation services across X-Press Feeders’ entire fleet

Technology company ZeroNorth has signed a deal with global common carrier X-Press Feeders to deploy the ZeroNorth platform across the carrier’s entire fleet of feeder vessels.

As per the terms of the deal, the platform and its suite of vessel, voyage and CII optimisation services will be used across X-Press Feeders’ more than 100 vessels – a move which the Zeronorth said is expected to ‘improve earnings, bolster decision-making and significantly contribute to the company’s decarbonisation strategy.’

X-Press Feeders has committed to zero emissions by 2050, with a ramping efficiency improvement target through to 2035. ZeroNorth said its platform will improve efficiency by providing a clear indicator of vessel and fleet performance and use a ‘huge’ repository of data and fuel models to make recommendations on how to cut emissions and maximise CII ratings.

The Zeronorth platform uses vessel and fleet data, combined with data on market rates, weather, bunker price and availability to make its recommendations.

‘Like us, X-Press Feeders share our vision for a green future for global trade and recognise that digital technologies are one of the only substantially impactful near-term solutions that can make that vision a reality,’ said Jesper Bo Hansen, Chief Revenue Office at ZeroNorth. ‘We look forward to working closely with the X-Press Feeders team and to continuing to deepen the partnership between our two organisations.’

Alex Hartnoll, Business Transformation, X-Press Feeders, added: ‘Decarbonisation and the reduction of GHG emissions from our operations are key strategic pillars for X-Press Feeders, and we are focused on improving the efficiency of our fleet through a variety of operational and technical initiatives. ZeroNorth and its industry-leading platform of technology solutions are an obvious fit for our commercial and environmental strategy because they offer a well-rounded solution that provides tangible and actionable insights to our shoreside staff and crew.’

As previously reported, in July, the feeder and shortsea vessel operator Unifeeder agreed a three year deal with ZeroNorth for the implementation of the company’s platform across 90 vessels.

In the forthcoming August/September issue of’s sister publication Bunkerspot magazine, Pelle Sommansson, ZeroNorth’s Chief Product and AI Officer, explains to Lesley Bankes-Hughes how the company’s new Vessel Selection Service can provide a new level of decision support for charterers.

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Rhys Berry