DFDS has purchased 50 reefer containers with Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE machinery that uses carbon dioxide as the refrigerant.
Carrier Transicold, part of the Carrier Group, has booked another customer for its NaturaLINE reefer units. NaturaLINE is the only reefer machinery in the market that uses the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide, also known as R-744. CO2 is a non-ozone depleting refrigerant with an ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) of 1. Its GWP ranks lowest among all current container system refrigerants.
For DFDS, the NaturaLINE system is in step with its corporate social responsibility initiatives, which call for limiting the impact of its activities on the environment. “The NaturaLINE units help reduce our environmental impact compared to other container refrigeration systems,” said Jack Hodgson, fleet manager, DFDS Logistics, part of DFDS Group, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Underscoring its commitment to the technology, DFDS has emblazoned each of its new 45-foot containers with the slogan “Naturally Chilled: No synthetic refrigerants – kinder to the environment.”
“We commend DFDS’ commitment to a more sustainable future through its selection of the NaturaLINE unit,” said Flemming Kuhl, sales director EMEA, Carrier Global Container Refrigeration. “As more shipping fleets are discovering, the NaturaLINE unit’s use of a natural refrigerant can also help to guard against regulations, environmental taxes and phase outs that other refrigerants may be subject to during the operational life span of units purchased today.”
Getting the market to accept NaturaLINE is an ongoing journey for Carrier Transicold. CO2 is a new refrigerant in the reefer industry, and customers want to test its performance in the field. For DFDS, Hodgson said it was initially attracted by NaturaLINE’s environmental credentials, but it was the unit’s solid performance in a six-month trial that sealed the acquisition.
DFDS Logistics provides door-to-door transport solutions in Europe, supported by a network of road, rail and container carriers and DFDS Group’s extensive ferry routes. The company operates about 650 reefer containers, and its short sea services mean these are subject to a lot more turns and handling than reefers in deep sea trades.
“It’s a fast-paced turn-around, and the containers go through a lot in just one journey,” Hodgson said. “The NaturaLINE trial delivered frozen potato products from the United Kingdom to Holland, a four-day round trip that required 16 crane handlings as the container moved from the food processor via barge, boat and truck, through ports and terminals along the way to its destination, and then back,” Carrier Transicold added.
“Over the six months, we had not one issue with the NaturaLINE unit,” Hodgson said. “We were very impressed. We need to know that we can count on them to uphold our fast-paced business.”