The world’s tenth biggest shipping company Hamburg Süd has announced that it added 400 refrigerated containers equipped with a new atmosphere control system created by the U.S. transport refrigeration solutions’ provider Carrier Transicold.
According to Martin Schoeler, senior manager of Logistics-Technology at the German company, the new systems, called XtendFRESH, have been placed for use by avocado exporters shipping from the west coast of South America to Asia, North America and Europe, but banana exports beyond 30 days will also be able to benefit from the service.
The product slows ripening and helps preserve produce quality by actively managing oxygen and carbon dioxide levels within refrigerated containers and removing ethylene, a hormone given off by ripening produce that accelerates ripening if left unchecked.
“Ethylene removal is a unique feature of the XtendFRESH system that differentiates it from other systems and is definitely much desired by our customers,” said Michaela Steineker, global reefer manager of Sales & Marketing at the German company.
Prior to purchase, Hamburg Süd commissioned independent testing on the products by the testing laboratory Eurofins, which verified the system’s ability to help preserve the quality of perishable items by testing bananas in stationary trials and shipped from Latin America to Scandinavia.
The new systems were factory-installed on PrimeLINE refrigeration units equipped with Carrier Transicold’s Enhanced Digital for Greater Efficiency (EDGE) technology package.
The EDGE option implemented on the units, which were all mounted to 40-foot high-cube containers, reduces the energy consumption used for refrigeration.
David Appel, president of Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems, said: “By helping to prevent premature ripening, the XtendFRESH system aids in maintaining optimum quality and shelf life of delivered produce while reducing the potential for food waste from spoilage.”