ADM’s products are distributed mainly in bulk from processing plants or storage facilities directly to customers’ facilities. We have developed a comprehensive transportation capability to efficiently move both commodities and processed products virtually anywhere in the world. To enhance the efficiency of transporting large quantities of raw materials and finished products between our procurement facilities and processing plants and the final delivery of products to our customers around the world, we own approximately 2,000 barges, 13,400 rail cars, 200 trucks, 1,300 trailers, and 10 oceangoing vessels.
90% = Percentage of ADM’s fleet trucks equipped with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) injection systems to reduce particulate matter emissions. In 2015, ADM trucking logged more than 39.5 million miles and used more than 6.2 million gallons of diesel fuel, carrying an average payload size of 24.1 tons. For more than a decade, ADM Trucking has been a certified member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Partnership, a sustainability program aimed at reducing transportation-related emissions and improving fuel efficiency.
1.4 million = Metric tons of cargo shipped by ADMs oceangoing vessels in 2015. This year, ADM purchased two new vessels – the Harvest Rain and Harvest Time – each measuring 237 meters long by 40 meters wide and capable of safely carrying 115,000 cubic meters of cargo. The vessels employ Mitsubishi Heavy Industry’s proprietary Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System, which reduces the drag between vessel hull and seawater by blowing air bubbles at the vessel bottom, creating an “air carpet” that reduces friction and, subsequently, fuel consumption. The vessels are sister ships to the Harvest Frost, which was purchased in 2014. Together, the newer, high-tech vessels produce significantly reduced carbon emissions compared to more conventional carriers.
18 = Total number of U.S. tugboats deployed or currently being built by ADM that incorporate: double-hull protection around the fuel and lubricant bunker tanks; energy-efficient, biodiesel-capable main engines and generators designed to deliver 10 to 12 percent fuel savings per year; and zero-discharge “gray water” systems, which treat all wastewater generated by the crew rather than discharging it into the water, as most vessels do. The tugboats built in the most recent construction cycle feature enclosed sterns, creating an extra barrier of protection around the hydraulic steering system. This feature provides an added safeguard against oil spills for the rivers and waterways our tugboats travel. In addition, the six new tugboats currently being built will have engines that are compliant with the EPA’s Tier 3 emissions standards.
ADM’s entire fleet of line boats employs environmentally acceptable lubricants and is equipped with high-level sensors and alarms on all fuel tanks. Our line boats currently are being fitted with greaseless rudder bearings and linkage pins/bushings in an effort to eliminate the need for greasing and disposing worn brass bushings.