Tuesday, October 23, 2018

MSC Opts for 5,000 New Atmosphere Controlled Reefer Containers

Refrigerated Boxes as Part of Larger Order
Shipping News Feature
US – SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – Just a week after announcing it is to fit 50,000 of its dry cargo containers with the TRAXENS tracking and condition reporting system, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world's second largest box carrier, has placed an order for 5,000 refrigerated containers leased through SeaCube Containers LLC and equipped with the latest atmosphere control technology by Carrier Transicold.

The reefers, part of a larger order, carry Carrier Transicold’s XtendFRESH™ system which manages oxygen and carbon dioxide levels within refrigerated containers and removes ethylene, thus slowing the ripening of produce and helping to preserve its quality beyond what can be achieved by refrigeration alone.

MSC’s order is the largest for the XtendFRESH option since the system was introduced in 2013, and it represents a significant step in the growing trend among shipping lines to provide controlled-atmosphere technology for the benefit of their customers. Giuseppe Prudente, MSC chief logistics officer, observed:

“By adding atmosphere control for selected perishable cargoes, we are enhancing the care we provide for the valuable commodities we ship for our customers. XtendFRESH technology enables MSC to transport fruit and other refrigerated cargo over longer distances, creating tremendous new opportunities for exporters and importers.”

In use, the XtendFRESH system’s patented, self-regenerating activated-carbon scrubber assembly captures carbon dioxide and ethylene, a hormone given off by ripening produce that can accelerate ripening if left unchecked. As perishable cargo consumes oxygen, on-demand fresh-air ventilation automatically maintains the optimum level inside the container.

SeaCube CEO Robert Sappio believes that factors such as slow steaming and new trade routes, resulting from shipping line alliances and consolidations, are creating opportunities for XtendFRESH technology.

“MSC is just one example of the very strong demand we’ve seen for controlled-atmosphere equipment. As shipping lines fine-tune their operations and optimize their networks, controlled atmosphere is a way for them to assure their customers that they are carrying their products more safely.”

The XtendFRESH system was selected by MSC as an option for Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE® refrigeration units being installed on new 40-foot high-cube containers. In support of its environmental initiatives, MSC specified PrimeLINE units with a new provision that enables conversion from R-134a to R-513A, a refrigerant with a significantly lower global warming potential.

PrimeLINE units use digital scroll compressors to deliver greater cooling capacity using less energy than prior models from Carrier Transicold. The PrimeLINE unit’s value proposition also includes rapid pulldown, tight temperature control, high air-flow performance and claims excellent cost of ownership.