Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has been awarded a large order of 8,600 reefer units from Hapag-Lloyd, representing the majority of the carrier’s recent 11,100 reefer bookings.
The order includes 2,000 units equipped with Controlled Atmosphere (CA) and MCI has commenced production at its Qingdao site in China.
All 8,600 reefers are ready to switch over to a low Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerant blend, R513A, that offers a 56% GWP reduction from R134A.
Senior director at Hapag-Lloyd, Niklas Ohling, said: “It is reassuring to know that we have the ability to fully convert a large part of our reefer fleet to a lower GWP refrigerant solution, without having to make any modifications to the machines or compromise on performance.”
The units are all Star Cool Integrated reefers which, when used with the R513A refrigerant, addresses the environmental protection legislation for existing technology platforms introduced under the EU’s F-gas regulations.
The Star Cool units are fitted with a built-in energy meter, a first in the industry, to measure its energy efficiency.
Ohling added: “Our aim is to cut Hapag-Lloyd’s total carbon footprint by a further 20% by 2020 and efficient reefer containers will play a significant role in achieving this goal.”
The 2,000 CA Star Cool Integrated containers will add to Hapag-Lloyd’s ExtraFresh and ExtraFresh Plus services, increasing the total number of Star Cool CA systems within the ExtraFresh fleet to 5,000.
Søren Leth Johannsen, Chief Commercial Officer at MCI, said: “We deeply value the trust shown in us by Hapag-Lloyd, which is founded on 18 years of experience in supplying reefer containers to them.
“This close cooperation led Hapag-Lloyd to order their first batch of Star Cool units in 2012, since when the proportion of these cutting-edge reefers in the Hapag-Lloyd fleet has steadily grown over the years.”