Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Container Shipping Giant Opts for Environmentally Improved Reefers

Enhanced Technology Means Carbon Dioxide Can Be So Cool
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – The world's second largest container shipping company, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has contracted to lease 2,000 40-foot high-cube refrigerated containers from SeaCube Containers that have been fitted with Carrier Transicold's natural refrigerant-based NaturaLINE® refrigeration system.

The NaturaLINE unit claims to solve the problem of how to use refrigerants effectively and efficiently to transport valuable items such as perishable food and pharmaceuticals while helping to protect the environment as it utilises repurposed CO2, which claims the title of the refrigerant with the lowest global warming potential (GWP) among all container refrigerants currently in use. Giuseppe Prudente, Chief Logistics Officer at MSC, commented:

"The NaturaLINE unit's innovative use of CO2is the first of its kind available on the reefer market. By providing higher level of performance in the minus 40 degrees Celsius deep-frozen range, we can add new capabilities for our growing customer base, particularly for seafood and other high-value frozen commodities.

“Moreover, shipping is already one of the most environmentally sustainable forms of cargo transportation, and we are pleased to continue to improve our environmental performance by equipping our fleet with the latest green technologies."

The ability to achieve sub 40°C temperatures was previously only attainable in container systems using a refrigerant with a GWP nearly 4,000 times higher. The NaturaLINE unit has managed this, along with high efficiency, a quiet operation and tight temperature control. David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems, said:

"We commend MSC and SeaCube for their investment in environmentally sustainable refrigeration equipment. The NaturaLINE unit, with CO2refrigerant, takes users directly to an end state by guarding against regulations, environmental taxes and phase outs that other refrigerants will be subject to during their operational lifespan. In addition, CO2is non-ozone depleting, widely available, relatively inexpensive and non-flammable."

Carrier Transicold recognised the need for refrigeration technology that would neutralise concerns over GWP in much the same way that it led the industry away from ozone-depleting refrigerants ahead of Montreal Protocol deadlines 25 years ago. Robert Sappio, CEO of SeaCube, said:

"In taking leadership to provide a natural-refrigerant solution, Carrier Transicold created what is perhaps the most sound investment a leasing company and shipping line can make, a refrigerated container that will not become obsolete in its lifetime due to pressures from environmental legislation. By fulfilling the NaturaLINE unit's first order of this magnitude, SeaCube is pleased to be part of this important development for the shipping industry."

MSC will begin taking delivery of its new containers from SeaCube later in the year. The NaturaLINE units will be supported by Carrier Transicold's global service network.