Forty-six years after pioneering the first front-wall, or “picture-frame,” refrigeration unit, Carrier Transicold Pte Ltd (“Carrier Transicold”) presented its 1 millionth unit during a ceremony at its Singapore manufacturing facility. The milestone unit, a PrimeLINE® unit with XtendFRESH™ atmosphere control system, was presented to CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest container shipping company and one of Carrier’s long-standing and valued customers. Carrier Transicold, which helps improve global transport and shipping of temperature-controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
“The 1 millionth container unit is an accomplishment not only for our company and the thousands of employees around the world who have helped make it possible, but for the marine shipping industry,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems. “It demonstrates the technological progress we are making to achieve greater efficiency while maintaining best-in-class performance, helping move shippers toward more environmentally sustainable refrigerants and bringing further innovations in system efficiency and cargo protection along the way.”
“Today, 52 percent of world seaborne trade is delivered efficiently and economically by container vessel, and 65 percent of refrigerated products are transported in containers, the majority of which are efficiently and reliably temperature-controlled by Carrier Transicold systems,” said Chiou Fun Sin, president, Global Container Refrigeration, Carrier Transicold. “On any given day, the value of cargo delivered by Carrier Transicold units alone is valued at $6 billion. Indeed, Carrier Transicold systems and our global service and support network play a significant role in ensuring the well-being of a growing global population, by providing the safe, reliable transport of produce, meat, seafood, vaccines and medicine from hemisphere to hemisphere, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.”
“In addition to our commitment to offering high-quality solutions at every stage of the transport cycle, CMA CGM is dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable business operations,” said Alexis Michel, senior vice president, Container and Reefer Logistics, CMA CGM. “We have significantly reduced our carbon footprint over the past 10 years, and we are always seeking out new technologies that will help us reach our sustainability goals while also meeting our high standards for performance and efficiency. The PrimeLINE unit wins on both of these fronts, which is why we have been building up our fleet with PrimeLINE units since they were launched in 2008.
“Our latest Carrier PrimeLINE units include the innovative XtendFRESH atmosphere control system, which will help ensure optimal cargo quality over longer voyages,” Michel said. “CMA CGM’s commitment to innovative technology and quality equipment is the foundation for our superior customer service and support.”
In addition to unmatched performance, the PrimeLINE unit offers several environmentally sustainable features including the unit’s validation by UL Environment as having a 93 percent recyclability rate, joining Carrier’s NaturaLINE™ unit as the only container refrigeration units to achieve recyclability validation. The PrimeLINE unit also delivers greater cooling capacity for perishable loads than any other container refrigeration system using non-ozone depleting R-134a refrigerant. “In a world of finite natural resources, the PrimeLINE unit stands out as a leader in energy efficient marine container systems. It reduces carbon emissions by 28 percent compared to previous units and is one of only two systems certified for recyclability. This is how Carrier maximizes environmental technologies while lowering environmental impact,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems.
The XtendFRESH system’s ability to remove ethylene – a hormone given off by ripening produce that will accelerate ripening if left unchecked – while actively controlling oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, is key to its performance and distinguishes it from other products for container atmosphere control. By slowing the ripening process, the XtendFRESH system significantly lengthens the amount of time produce can spend in refrigerated transit – by more than double in some cases. For example, bananas can be shipped for up to eight weeks rather than four, and beans for up to four weeks rather than 10 days.