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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Refrigerated Containers News

APL: Refrigerated Container Fleet Safe

Shipping line takes extra measures to prevent mishaps. Global container shipping line APL today declared its refrigerated container fleet safe and announced new precautions to prevent equipment mishaps. The declaration followed reports this week from competitors that at least four of their refrigerated containers exploded during 2011. “We have reviewed our inspection records and procedures and are fully confident that our refrigerated containers are safe and in cargo-worthy condition,” said Eric Eng, Vice President of APL’s Global Refrigerated Trade. Placing new restrictions on where the containers can undergo refrigerant system repair. APL operates more than 50,000 refrigerated containers. The carrier said there have been no explosions or other catastrophic malfunctions in its fleet.

Sea Star Receives New Refrigerated Containers

Photo: Sea Star Line

Sea Star Line, LLC recently took delivery of 150 new 40’ refrigerated containers in year two of a five year equipment replacement plan. The replacement plan aims to reduce the average age of the entire Sea Star Line refrigerated container fleet to less than three years. The new 40’ refrigerated containers are set to arrive at the Blount Island Terminal in Jacksonville, Florida in June 2013. The reefers will be fit with Carrier PrimeLine Machinery, the latest technology available for refrigerated equipment.

Sea Star Line: Equipment Replacement Plan on Track

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Sea Star Line, LLC began receiving the first of its new 100 40’ and 45’ refrigerated containers ordered as part of its equipment replacement plan announced in August 2014. The replacement plan aims to reduce the average age of the entire Sea Star Line refrigerated container fleet to less than three years. The reefers have been fit with Carrier PrimeLine Machinery which is the most current technology available for refrigerated equipment. In addition, the entire Sea Star Line reefer…

AT&T Network Connects Maersk’s Reefer Containers

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A.P. Moller-Maersk Group has entered an agreement with AT&T to use its Internet of Things (IoT) technology to connect its refrigerated containers. In what is reported to be one of the largest industrial IoT deployments of its kind, Maersk is working with AT&T to track and monitor the condition of refrigerated containers with perishable goods. Maersk has connected more than 290,000 of its refrigerated containers to the AT&T network. Each unit uses a remote container device (RCD) that has a 3G High Temperature SIM card…

Sea Star Continues Puerto Rico Investments

Tim Nolan, Sea Star President

Sea Star Line, LLC has entered an agreement to on-hire another barge to add to its current service package for shipments from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico. The new asset has the capacity for 320 dry units and its initial departure is scheduled for the first week of April. In January, Sea Star Line added two barges to address increased demand in the market. The total capacity for both barges is 750 FEUs with dedicated space for 84 refrigerated containers. Thus far in 2015, Sea Star Line has on-hired or purchased over 2…

Demand Rising to Keep Stuff Cool on Ocean Voyages

Søren Skou, CEO of container shipping giant Maersk Line is keynote speaker at the 4th Cool Logistics Global conference, 24-26 September in Antwerp, Belgium. Mr. Skou will outline Maersk’s position on the critical actions now needed to sustain the future of global refrigerated transport. Over the past decade and more, expansion of refrigerated container ocean services has underpinned growing world trade in an ever-widening range of perishable commodities, from super deep-frozen tuna to exotic fresh fruit. The refrigerated container is now by far the dominant transport mode for the complex movement of chilled and frozen cargoes across the globe.

Georgia Improves Reefer Capacity

Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced that a new set of electrified refrigerated container racks were completed and came online in Container Berth Five (CB-5) last week. With the ten new racks, Garden City Terminal now has a total of 44 racks, which accommodate 1,056 containers. “The completion of these refrigerated container racks reduces diesel consumption and increases our capacity for cold-storage exports,” said Foltz. As the leading U.S. East Coast port for refrigerated containerized export cargo, the GPA has more than doubled its refrigerated cargo volume in last six years with an increase of 120 percent. In the past two years alone, volume has increased 19.8 percent.

Sea Star Line Enhances 'Fridge Cargo Monitoring

Star Line Logo

Sea Star Line, LLC announce that its refrigerated cargo monitoring service, StarGuard Elite Service, has been enhanced to provide refrigerated cargo shippers, especially pharmaceutical companies, full visibility of the refrigerated container’s progress, 24/7. Customers can now manage and monitor their refrigerated containers directly in real-time from any Internet-connected personal computer, tablet or mobile device. StarGuard Elite Service provides immediate up-to-date access to the trip progress and confirm that temperatures…

Chronopost Inks $2.8 Mln Deal with Reftrade

Vincent Bassetto (Photo: Reftrade)

Reftrade has secured a $2.8 million contract with international shipping and delivery company Chronopost International, to install refrigerated cold rooms on multiple platforms and distribution hubs throughout France. Reftrade’s French division, market leaders in lease of refrigerated containers and temperature controlled units, secured the 60 month contract in Q1 of 2015 on the back of Chronopost launching its Chronofresh line. Chronofresh, an express delivery service of fresh…

Refrigerated Containers Set Safety Standard

Reftrade UK supply, deliver and advise on the rental and sale of DNV 2.7-1 / EN 12079 storage reefers and refrigeration containers.

Gone are the days where a refrigerated unit was a 20ft container with a fridge pack attached. In today’s offshore environment it is it about quality and reliability and the safety of the people working with our kit from dock to deck, explains Greg Spence, managing director of Reftrade UK. The oil and gas industry is synonymous with the highest standards in health and safety, it is paramount to any operator and service company working in the sector. As a result the technology developed for use on and offshore…

Crowley Adds 400 Refrigerated Containers

Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corporation

As produce farmers across the Americas gear up for the peak winter produce season, Crowley has added 400 new refrigerated containers to its fleet to accommodate their needs. The 40-ft containers were delivered last week at Puerto Limon in Costa Rica and will be distributed throughout the Central American countries Crowley serves within the next couple of weeks. The state-of-the-art units were purchased to accommodate future growth and to replace older units. The new Carrier PrimeLINE containers offer scroll compressor technology (inspired by the chamberednautilus shellfish).

Maersk Sees Strong Growth in Mexico

Photo: Maersk Line

Maersk Line saw a 21 percent jump in cargo volumes in Mexico between January and October 2016 compared with the year-earlier period, says a report by T21. Mexico is expected to be one of the main beneficiaries of the newly expanded Panama Canal and its infrastructure is undergoing a major transformation in order to enable it to benefit from increasing trade. One of the most notable achievements of the shipping company in Mexico is the launch of the direct service between Mexico and Japan (Yokohama)…

Maersk Container Launches Cold Chain Energy Meter

Image: Maersk Container Industry (MCI)

Maersk Container Industry is introducing an energy meter with its Star Cool refrigerated containers. Star Cool refrigerated containers are now fitted with a new embedded digital feature that offers visibility and precise knowledge of actual energy consumption. To provide transparency into actual energy consumption throughout the transportation window, over land and sea, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is introducing an energy meter feature integrated into all new Star Cool refrigerated containers.

Safmarine Enhances Reefer Technology

Ship owner and operator Safmarine’s new and improved reefer (refrigerated cargo) technology is providing transport solutions for produce previously considered to be unsuitable for shipment by sea. In April last year, Safmarine South Africa shipped the 40-foot Magnum reefer containers from Cape Town to the Far East. The containers are built to maintain a set temperature of –35 ºC in an ambient environment of up to 50 ºC. This is about 10 ºC cooler than most refrigerated containers. The new containers are ideally suited to the transport of premium refrigerated cargo, including fatty fish, mussels, shrimp and ice cream. In some instances, such as the refrigeration of fatty fish, this capacity can extend the product’s shelf life by more than seven months.

Sea Star Enlarges Refrigeration Fleet, Preps for LNG Ships

Sea Star Line, LLC said that it has increased its refrigerated container fleet by 25% in the past year to better serve the Puerto Rico trade. Sea Star is also in year two of a five year refrigerated equipment replacement plan. The replacement plan aims to reduce the average age of the entire Sea Star Line refrigerated container fleet to less than three years. Additionally, Sea Star Line recently entered into a five year agreement to acquire new gensets to support the increased reefer fleet. “We must begin transforming our equipment fleet to meet the needs of our customers and in preparation for our new LNG ships entering the Puerto Rico trade at the end of 2015,” said Jim Wagstaff, vice president of operations.

GTI, RTE Announce Strategic Partnership

Integrated wireless tracking, monitoring and management of refrigerated containers for intermodal transportation worldwide. Globe Tracker International (GTI), a company in global trade data sharing, autonomous asset tracking and monitoring and related data analytics, has announced  its partnership with Refrigerated Transport Electronics (RTE), a developer and manufacturer of monitoring products for the intermodal refrigerated container industry. The company’s joint solution delivers seamless, integrated, wireless tracking monitoring and remote management of refrigerated containers for global intermodal transportation. Novel, proactive…

Grangemouth Port sees Record Volume

Derek Knox, Port Manager for Grangemouth in the port’s busy reefer container compound. Photo Port of Grangemouth

The Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest container facility has enjoyed one of its busiest seasons, with over 50,000 TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units) being handled at the port in the last two months. This four-year high is the result of a buoyant fresh food export season utilising the port’s refrigerated container handling capability which has set Grangemouth on track for record breaking volumes this quarter. In October and November, the port recorded a 30% increase on refrigerated container volumes (known as ‘reefers’ *) year on year and during November alone…

Maersk Invests in Refrigerant Container Units

Photo: Maersk Line

Maersk Line has ordered the first 100 of a total of 200 refrigerated containers to be chilled by Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE natural refrigerant based system. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Carrier Transicold’s highly efficient NaturaLINE is the first container refrigeration system to use the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a safe and nonozone depleting gas with a global warming potential (GWP) of one.

NYK Procures 4,700 Refrigerated Containers

photo by NYK

NYK has placed an order for 4,700 additional brand-new 40-foot refrigerated (reefer) containers, and the delivery of the new containers commenced in November. NYK procured 5,500 of the same type of containers last year, and the average age of company’s fleet of over 40,000 reefer containers has now fallen to four years. The new order includes 600 Controlled Atmosphere (CA) containers. The advanced technology of these CA units ensures the freshness of perishable agricultural products, such as fruits and vegetables during long ocean transits.

Crowley Receives New 40-ft. Reefers

Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group has begun to take delivery of 929 new 40-ft. refrigerated (reefer) high-cube containers, 1,453 new 45-ft. containers, 1,453 chassis and 347 generator sets. The equipment, all of which is arriving in Jacksonville, FL, during the next four months, is being deployed in the company's Latin America, Caribbean and Puerto Rico liner services as soon as it is received to meet increased customer demand. The new containers will complement an order received in 2006 for 5,942 new 45-ft. (102-in. wide) dry containers, 40- and 45-ft. chassis, 40-ft. high cube refrigerated containers and gensets. Like the containers delivered in 2006, the new boxes were built to Crowley's high security specifications.

ZIM to Expand Its Refrigerated Container Fleet

Photo: ZIM Integrated Shipping Services

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has announced the expansion of its refrigerated container fleet in order to answer the demand for its innovative ZIMonitor service. Launched in early 2015, ZIMonitor allows customers to track, monitor and remotely control sensitive, high-value cargo stowed in refrigerated, or reefer, containers. Customers can opt to receive alerts regarding their shipment via text message or email, closely monitor their cargo's status and intervene to prevent damages through ZIM's 24/7 dedicated global response team.

Hamburg Süd Bolsters its Reefer Fleet

Photo: Hamburg Süd

Press Release - Giving produce exporters a better way to maintain the quality of perishables in transit, Hamburg Süd, one of the top refrigerated container carriers worldwide, recently added 400 refrigerated containers equipped with Carrier Transicold’s XtendFRESH atmosphere control system. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. To slow ripening and help preserve produce quality, the XtendFRESH system actively manages oxygen and carbon dioxide levels within refrigerated containers and removes ethylene.

Reftrade Upgrades Fleet Refrigeration Systems

Photo courtesy of Reftrade

Reftrade UK  has made an investment to upgrade its fleet with environmentally friendly technology. The world’s first refrigeration system to use CO2 as a natural refrigerant, NaturaLINE, has been installed in Reftrade UK’s fleet. The system has been designed by Carrier to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and reduce the power usage of each unit. The six figure investment will see Reftrade UK take a market-lead as the only supplier of refrigerated containers to offer the environmentally friendly technology, the company said.

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