Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping 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. The NaturaLINE is the first container refrigeration system to use the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide, which is a safe and non-ozone depleting. There is no additional global warming impact resulting from any potential refrigerant leaks, as is the case with traditional systems, since the NaturaLINE unit uses carbon dioxide taken from outdoor air. Ingrid Uppelschoten-Snelderwaard, Head of Global Equipment, Maersk Line said:
“To meet our sustainability goals and stay ahead of the new EU legislation, Maersk Line is keen to carefully evaluate all alternatives to the current synthetic refrigerants. The NaturaLINE system is an advanced technology with interesting potential for reefers. We chose it after laboratory testing of the unit’s performance with perishable and frozen commodities and look forward to gaining further operational experience with the system.”
The NaturaLINE units are being installed on 40-foot high-cube containers with anticipated delivery in the first quarter of this year. Maersk Line will initially deploy the units on closed-loop routes between Europe and the Americas. Crew and landside training on unit operation and service is already underway. David Appel, President, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems said:
“We are pleased that Maersk Line sees potential in the NaturaLINE unit to help it achieve its ambitious sustainability goals. Carrier shares Maersk Line’s goals of improving the efficiency and sustainability of global container shipping, which protects the world’s perishable food supply and other goods as they move through the cold chain to the consumer.”
The order is certainly of great potential to Carrier Traniscold. With a fleet of 260,000 refrigerated containers, Maersk Line has the industry’s largest refrigerated container capacity and a successful trial heralds the potential of huge orders of the new system.