Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is now offering its Star Cool reefer container with the non-flammable R513A refrigerant, which as a 56% lower global warming potential (GWP) than the traditional R134a.
All Star Cool reefers produced prior to July 2017 can be adapted to run on R513A with minor modifications.
All Star Cool units produced after July 2017 can be converted to R513A without modifications.
Customers also have the option to have their reefers delivered from MCI’s factories already charged with R513A.
In MCI’s latest quarterly report, its chief commercial officer, Soren Leth Johanssen noted that during this spring, refrigerant type R404A nearly doubled in price in Europe, owing to macroeconomic factors.
In particular, the largest producers of these products are located in China where prices rose by 40%.