Through Seacube Containers, MSC is leasing 5,000 new reefers with Carrier Transicold’s PrimeLINE machinery and its XtendFRESH controlled atmosphere system.
The order is another big contract with MSC for Seacube Containers and Carrier Transicold, following an earlier deal covering 2,000 reefers with Carrier’s NaturaLINE machinery that uses the natural refrigerant CO2.
The additional 5,000 reefer containers being announced now are equipped with Carrier Transicold’s XtendFRESH atmosphere control technology and are being supplied “as part of a larger order”, Carrier Transicold stated.
XtendFRESH is a passive controlled atmosphere system that “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”. Carrier claims it is the “only atmosphere control solution with an integrated ethylene removal capability.”
“By adding atmosphere control for selected perishable cargoes, we are enhancing the care we provide for the valuable commodities we ship for our customers,” said Giuseppe Prudente, chief logistics officer, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. “XtendFRESH technology enables MSC to transport fruit and other refrigerated cargo over longer distances, creating tremendous new opportunities for exporters and importers.”
The 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, according to Willy Yeo, director, marketing, Global Container Refrigeration, Carrier Transicold.
SeaCube CEO Robert Sappio expects other carriers will also increase their CA offerings.“MSC is just one example of the very strong demand we’ve seen for controlled-atmosphere equipment,” he said. “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 Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE refrigeration units are being installed on new 40-foot high-cube containers. MSC also specified R-134a refrigerant, with a provision that enables conversion to the lower GWP R-513A as a drop in replacement in the future.