Textainer has ordered 1,000 new PrimeLINE ONE reefer containers from Carrier Transicold and Singamas.
The order makes Textainer the first leasing company to order the new PrimeLINE ONE reefer that Carrier and Singamas launched earlier this year. PrimeLINE ONE is an integrated reefer design, with the Carrier machinery components assembled in China. This “provides an alternative to the traditional approach of bolting a complete refrigeration system to the front end of an insulated shipping container,” Carrier stated. “The 40-foot, high-cube PrimeLINE ONE containers are exclusively assembled at a new Carrier Transicold facility located next to Singamas’ refrigerated container plant in Qingdao, China”.
The order also marks a return to purchasing reefer containers for Textainer. At this time last year WorldCargo News reported then Textainer CEO Philip Brewer saying that reefer leasing rates were depressed, and “until we see a national improvement, we are withholding any significant investment in reefers.” Brewer retired in August and was replaced by Olivier Ghesquiere, who was previously Executive Vice President - Leasing.
Twelve months later Textainer, and the leasing sector in general, is much more bullish on the reefer market. “As a major supplier of refrigerated containers to shipping lines around the world, we have one of the industry’s youngest and fastest-growing reefer fleets,” said John Simmons, vice president, Refrigerated Containers, Textainer. “The PrimeLINE ONE refrigerated container further advances our commitment to provide our customers with equipment that is built to the highest specifications using the latest technology".
Carrier welcomed Textainer’s order. “We’re delighted that Textainer has endorsed the PrimeLINE ONE container for their latest acquisition,” said Willy Yeo, director, marketing, Global Container Refrigeration, Carrier Transicold. “The design of the PrimeLINE ONE container and its dedicated assembly facility enable us to optimize lead times for Textainer. At the same time, the containers deliver the same familiar benefits of the PrimeLINE system.”
“Textainer’s order demonstrates its confidence in the PrimeLINE ONE container’s reliability and performance,” added Andy Chan, chief operating officer, Singamas Container Holdings Limited.