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.
Under the five year replacement plan, Sea Star Line will take delivery of 750 new 40’ and 45’ refrigerated containers. The reefers will be fitted with Carrier Transicold Machinery, thus creating a standard fleet for shippers.
The new reefer containers are being built to Sea Star Line specifications. The unique specifications include upgraded floors and sides, exterior coating and structural enhancements to improve overall durability, dependability and reduce downtime related to repairs.
Sea Star has increased the number of reefer plugs to its vessels by more than 35% to accommodate the increased reefer capacity.