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Port Everglades Welcomes Evergreen Line

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BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Port Everglades is the newest stop on Evergreen Line’s CAJ weekly container shipping service to and from Panama, Jamaica and Haiti. Florida International Terminal at Port Everglades is the marine terminal operator for Evergreen, which has ships slated for arrival on weekends beginning  May 2, 2020.

“Evergreen is a worldwide name in ocean shipping. Their presence at Port Everglades creates the opportunity for expansion into the Asian market,” said Glenn Wiltshire, Acting Chief Executive & Port Director.

Evergreen will have three vessels in the service rotation, which will include calls at Manzanillo, Panama; Colon-Coco Solo, Panama; Kingston, Jamaica; Port Au Prince, Haiti; Port Everglades; New Orleans; Houston before returning to Manzanillo, Panama.

About Evergreen
Based in Taiwan, Evergreen Line provides efficient shipping transportation throughout its global service network. The company operates some 200 ships, providing a capacity of approximately 1,270,000 TEUs. Evergreen Line maintains agency offices at more than 110 countries around the world, each providing superior transport services for local customers. More information about Evergreen Line and its services can be found at evergreen-line.com.

About Port Everglades
A global powerhouse for international trade, Port Everglades handles more than one million TEUs annually (20-foot equivalent units, the industry standard measurement for container volumes) and serves as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Located within the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Florida, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world’s largest consumer regions, including a constant flow of approximately 112 million visitors statewide and 6 million residents within an 80-mile radius. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system and the Florida East Coast Railway’s 43-acre Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, and is closer to the Atlantic Shipping Lanes than any other Southeastern U.S. port. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion ensure that Port Everglades continues to handle future growth in container traffic. More information about Broward County’s Port Everglades is available at porteverglades

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Carrier Transicold Launches New Solar Power System for Trailer Refrigeration

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ATHENS, GA – Optimized to deliver more power faster, Carrier Transicold’s newest solar charging system for transport refrigeration unit (TRU) batteries features an innovative design that conveniently fits on top of the transport refrigeration unit TRU. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

The new TRU-Mount Solar Charging System delivers 2.0-amp power delivery by combining ultrapure silicon cells with a high-performance charge controller.

“With a significantly smaller footprint than our prior solar panels, the new system provides up to 18% greater power delivery for faster, more complete charging of a 12-volt TRU battery, helping ensure uninterrupted performance,” said Jason Forman, associate director, Sales & Marketing, Performance Parts, Carrier Transicold.

Solar panels are being widely adopted by refrigerated haulers to help offset battery draws from ancillary devices, such as fuel-level sensors, interior trailer lighting and telematics systems. During periods when the TRU is not running, such power draws can potentially drain the battery too low to start the TRU engine, resulting in a service callout or battery replacement. Solar panels can also help conserve fuel by minimizing the need to run the TRU engine to charge the battery.

The innovative panel design provides a custom fit on the narrow, curved top surface of Carrier Transicold X4 and X2 series trailer refrigeration units and Vector™ 8000 and 6000 series units. The charge controller is integral to the panel, which simplifies installation.

“The location of the TRU-Mount panel has multiple advantages,” Forman said, “The lower positioning on the TRU makes it less susceptible to overhead scrapes that can affect trailer-top-mounted panels. Unlike some competitive units, Carrier’s TRU-Mount system is not suspended over the exhaust path, helping to avoid efficiency losses that occur when solar cells are exposed to high temperatures. The system also conveniently stays with the TRU if the TRU is removed and reinstalled on another trailer.”

The panel uses three engineered layers to maximize strength and efficiency. The light-trapping upper layer is scratch-, impact- and weather-resistant. The middle layer is composed of uncut monocrystalline cells that maximize output and minimize power loss from intermittent shading. The copper bottom layer serves as a heat sink that keeps the panel cooler for greater efficiency.

The new TRU-Mount Solar Charging System is now available for field installation and will be offered as a factory-installed option later this year. For additional details, turn to the experts in Carrier Transicold’s North America dealer network.

About Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature-controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For 50 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. For more information, visit www.transicold.carrier.com. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain.

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Shipments of Global Containers Set to Fall 30% in Months Ahead

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Retailers are asking shipping companies to push back deliveries, which may drag global container shipments down as much as 30 percent in the next few months. The reason is warehouses are filling with goods ranging from refrigerators to washing machines.


The International Chamber of Shipping reports shipments have fallen an estimated 15 percent so far this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Second-quarter declines, compared with a year ago, will depend on how much governments reopen economies. Inventories of goods such as apparel, textiles, white goods, are full, and receivers of these goods asking shipping lines whether they can store these goods for a period of time or slow their ships down or basically delay taking delivery.

The slump is a setback for shipping giants such as Cosco Shipping Holdings Co. and Ocean Network Express Holdings Ltd., which started the year strong as healthy trade volumes allowed the industry to boost rates. That optimism has now evaporated as the virus outbreak is forcing shoppers to stay home, crimping retail sales in the biggest consumer markets.

Ocean Network Express notes forward bookings for shipments from Asia to North America and Europe have slowed for April and into May. Shipments of products from North and Latin America, Europe and Oceania to Asia are still strong. Ocean Network Express is Japan’s largest container-shipping operator.

In addition to lower volumes, the industry has been hit by restrictions aimed at containing the outbreak. Ensuring that seafarers can board and transfer onto ships amid port curbs and canceled flights remains a major challenge.

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Trans-Atlantic Shipments Uses Carrier’s New EverFRESH Technology

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SINGAPORE  – Carrier Transicold, with Chiquita, successfully completed live cargo shipments for the new EverFRESH® active controlled atmosphere system, transporting fully loaded containers of bananas from Panama to the Netherlands. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

Chiquita shipped bananas using 40-foot, high-cube containers equipped with Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE® refrigeration units. The EverFRESH systems were programmed to maintain oxygen levels at 5% and carbon dioxide at 4%. Temperature, gas and humidity concentrations were monitored continuously throughout the 17-day shipments.

Significantly, the containers used in the shipments were not new and had some degree of air leakage due to normal wear and tear, making them more representative of typical containers used throughout the global fleet. Positive-pressures generated by the installed EverFRESH system helped offset issues related to leakage from the existing containers.

“Through multiple trials, the EverFRESH system delivered on its promise to create a controlled atmosphere balance that could be sustained throughout the voyage,” said Stefano Di Paolo, president, Great White Fleet, Chiquita. “The speed at which the EverFRESH system reduced oxygen levels to slow ripening and its ability to maintain high humidity were impressive.”

Jim Taeckens, senior product manager, Global Container Refrigeration, Carrier Transicold, said, “In the shipments, container humidity levels were maintained as high as 90%, a feat other active atmosphere control systems can struggle with, which can potentially lead to a loss of fruit moisture content. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Chiquita on this trial, successfully demonstrating the EverFRESH system’s ability to protect and preserve their valuable cargo en route to consumers in Europe.”

Introduced in November 2019, Carrier Transicold’s new EverFRESH system builds on the first generation EverFRESH system introduced 25 years ago. Today’s EverFRESH system continues to help preserve the quality of perishables beyond what refrigeration alone can do by actively managing oxygen and carbon dioxide levels to slow respiration and the natural ripening of the commodity inside. Moreover, it does so more affordably than the previous EverFRESH system. As an active system, it generates nitrogen to more quickly and responsively displace oxygen, rather than relying on respiration alone to gradually reduce oxygen levels.

The new EverFRESH system will be available in the first quarter for Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE refrigeration systems equipped with the Micro-Link® 5 controller option. For more information, visit www.transicold.carrier.com.

About Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature-controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 50 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. For more information, visit www.transicold.carrier.com. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain.

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Hapag-Lloyd Partners with Blume Logistics to Unite Global Network

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Global shipping company Hapag-Lloyd is using logistics and digital supply chain solutions from Blume Global for all motor carrier partners.

The transition to Blume Logistics began in North America in January.

Blume Logistics digitally connects Hapag-Lloyd’s network of motor-carrier partners, according to a news release. It covers everything from dispatch work orders to live tracking, invoicing and proof of delivery.

Hapag-Lloyd operates 231 container ships with a container capacity of 2.6 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), according to the release.

“Blume Logistics will help improve the quality of our door service for our customers including first- and last-mile visibility while enhancing the efficiencies of our motor carrier partners,” Uffe Ostergaard, president of Hapag-Lloyd’s North America Region, said in the release. “Our North American customers are asking for enhanced end-to-end shipment visibility to better manage their supply chains and by implementing this integrated cloud-based solution we will be able to offer that value-added service.” 

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Colorado Onion Shipper Extends Use of Reusable Containers

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Fagerberg Produce of Eaton, CO.,  has agreed to extend its use of IFCO reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for its dry onionss through 2020. 

“IFCO (of Tampa, FL) is a great partner,” Ryan Fagerberg, president of Fagerberg Produce, said in a news release. “Their RPCs are a great packaging solution for our onions, they deliver first-class customer service and they share our passion for efficiency and sustainability in the food supply chain.”

Fagerberg, a fifth-generation family farm, has used IFCO RPCs since 2000, according to the release.

Under the terms of the agreement, the company will utilize IFCO RPCs to ship its yellow, red, white, Colorado sweet and organic onions to hundreds of U.S. retail locations, according to the release.

“We are pleased to continue to provide Fagerberg Produce with IFCO RPCs for their dry onions,” Dan Martin, president of IFCO North America, said in the release.  “Our two companies are committed to providing consumers across the U.S. with safe, high quality, nutritious and affordable fresh food year-round.”

According to IFCO, the company has 314 million RPCs globally, and those containers are used for over 1.7 billion shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, bread, and other items every year.

For Fagerberg alone, the release said that in 2018, the company’s use of IFCO RPCs reduced C02 emissions by 170,000 kilograms and eliminated 205,000 pounds of solid waste, in addition to preventing product damage, reducing water consumption and giving other benefits.
 

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TripLINK Digital Tool Aims to Put Actionable Intelligence at Your Fingertips

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By Carrier Transicold

HAMBURG, Germany – Carrier Transicold has added to its growing suite of digital solutions to boost container refrigeration operations with the introduction of the TripLINK™ digital tool, which remotely connects customers with vital shipment information and intelligence to improve visibility and efficiency of both reefer and the cargo. The system securely monitors and analyzes refrigeration machinery and cargo health globally 24 hours a day. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

The TripLINK software module is hosted in a secure cloud infrastructure that can be accessed via smart phone, PC or tablet. The TripLINK tool receives information that is wirelessly transmitted from a telematics hardware module sitting inside the refrigerated container unit and connected to the micro controller. 

“The TripLINK tool empowers customers to make more informed decisions for fleet operations based on key operational parameters and its in-built data analytics capabilities, which provides a time and cost saving benefit,” said Willy Yeo, director of marketing, Carrier Transicold. 

Information provided to TripLINK tool users includes key parameters such as set temperature, box temperature, in-range status, reefer operating mode and ambient temperature. The TripLINK tool also provides critical and non-critical alarm codes, their descriptions and specific calls to action. In addition, container status data can be exported into PDF or Excel files for analysis.

An optional feature of the TripLINK digital tool is the TripWise™ system that performs critical run-time diagnostics in the background while the refrigeration unit is in operation, reducing the need for Pre-Trip Inspection (PTI) tests, thus bringing savings to refrigerated container owners through lower terminal operating expenses, higher throughput and decreased idle time. 

The TripLINK digital tool can be factory installed and is also compatible with existing units in service, providing they have the Micro-Link® 3 controller. For more information, visit www.transicold.carrier.com.

About Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature-controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 45 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems.

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Carrier Transicold’s New Thin-Profile Vector® 1550 Refrigeration Unit

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ATHENS, GA — The new Carrier Transicold Vector® 1550 domestic intermodal refrigeration system features a thin profile enabling greater capacity utilization within a standard 53-foot North American intermodal container. As a result, up to 7 percent more cargo can be carried for greater shipping efficiency over rail and highway.

“With the Vector 1550 unit, Carrier Transicold engineered a space-efficient transport refrigeration system that fits within a trim envelope that is a third thinner than a traditional transport refrigeration unit in the U.S.,” said Patrick McDonald, trailer product manager, Carrier Transicold.
The Vector 1550 unit allows a domestic intermodal refrigerated container to accommodate an extra row of pallets, resulting in cube loads similar to 53-foot over-the-road trailers. The thin-profile Vector 1550 unit also reduces total weight by as much as 570 pounds compared to competitive standard-size refrigeration systems, and by 200 pounds compared to competitive slim-profile designs.

“Compared to its competitive counterpart, the Vector 1550 unit is thinner and lighter, while also being a high-efficiency performer with lower engine run speeds producing as much as 27 percent more cooling per hour per RPM,” McDonald said.

As part of Carrier Transicold’s Vector family, the Vector 1550 unit takes advantage of E-Drive™ technology. Unlike conventional mechanical transport refrigeration units, those with E-Drive technology use a high-output generator direct-coupled to a diesel engine to power a uniquely all-electric refrigeration system. Using intelligent controls, the system can automatically turn on and off individual components, such as the compressor and fans, running only what it needs, precisely when needed. As a result, components run fewer hours and last longer than traditional counterparts.

The simplified, clean refrigeration architecture eliminates most of the serviceable items found in conventional mechanical transport refrigeration systems – traditional parts, such as vibrasorbers, clutches, shaft seals, alternators, drive belts and pulleys that require routine maintenance.
As with other units in Carrier Transicold’s Vector platform, the Vector 1550 unit offers integrated electric standby, enabling the unit to be plugged into a power source when parked. This eliminates emissions and noise from the refrigeration unit engine, conserves fuel and reduces operating costs.

The Vector system provides the unit’s full rated refrigeration capacity when on standby, unlike some add-on standby systems that add weight and complexity, without delivering full capacity. The Vector 1550 system also can be coupled with Carrier Transicold’s eSolutions™ telematics system for remote monitoring of system operation and container temperatures, generation of automatic “proof of temperature” compliance reports to maintain food safety standards, and providing enhanced control features, such as remote software updates and data downloads.

For additional details on the new thin-profile Vector 1550 domestic intermodal refrigeration system, turn to the experts in Carrier Transicold’s North America dealer network.

About Carrier Transicold  Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature-controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 45 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. For more information, visit www.transicold.carrier.com.

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DeltaTrak Introduces Two New FlashLink Real-Time Prime In-Transit Loggers

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Pleasanton, CA — DeltaTrak® recently introduced two new FlashLink Real-Time Prime In-Transit Loggers.

With these two new models of real-time monitors (loggers), DeltaTrak has expanded its already existing line of real-time loggers with cost effective and feature rich solutions. Both newFlashLink Real=Time Prime 2G and 3G In-Transit Loggers offer a 12 month battery shelf life and a new flight mode feature. With these new capabilities along with backup PDF trip reports via USB, these new loggers are hard to beat for the price.

Reliable and cost-effective, these real-time loggers provide temperature and location information utilizing GSM cellular technology. Shipments are tracked worldwide using DeltaTrak’s ColdTrak 24/7 cloud service. Up-to-the-minute information can be accessed securely with user login security from a standard web browser using a PC or any internet-ready device.

With the FlashLink Real-Time Prime 3G In-Transit Logger’s global coverage, customers can now ship to countries where 3G is the best solution including Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the UK. 

“Not only do both loggers offer the benefits of a 2-in-1 logger with real-time reporting and a PDF backup report when there’s no cellular service available, each includes a longer battery shelf life and the ability to turn off the logger during use on aircraft,” according to Frederick Wu, President and CEO of DeltaTrak. “And for the RTL Prime 3G In-Transit Logger, the light sensor offers an extra layer of security during your shipments.”

DeltaTrak offers models for both loggers that include a 60-day logging duration with data sampled every 10 minutes, ideal for export shipments.

The ColdTrak cloud solution provides enhanced features and allows growers and shippers the option to upload additional documentation used in meeting the requirements of the FSMA, HACCP and regulatory compliance. 

These loggers are mounted on a highly visible shipping card which makes the units easy to locate inside a trailer, container or airplane. Each unit comes charged and ready-to-use. Shippers can simply start the logger with the one-button activation and place it in their loads.

DeltaTrak’s new FlashLink RTL Prime 2G and 3G In-Transit Loggers are a great solution for anyone that needs up-to-the-minute information on the temperature and location of their products.
About DeltaTrak®

DeltaTrak® is a leading innovator of cold chain management, environmental monitoring and food safety solutions for the food, produce, life science, and chemical industries. Contact DeltaTrak® by phone at 1-800-962-6776 or by email at marketing@deltatrak.com. Additional information can be found at www.deltatrak.com.

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Updated Perishable Food Transportation Guidelines is Now Available

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By University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A 1987 handbook published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s division of Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) received a 21st-century update thanks to a team led by University of Florida researchers.

“Many people in the food transportation industry had been asking for a revised handbook for years, to include all of the developments in technology, best practices and food safety that have occurred since then,” said Jeffrey Brecht, a professor of horticultural sciences in the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). Brecht assembled the team of subject matter experts and led the revision of USDA-AMS Handbook No. 669, “Protecting Perishable Foods During Transport by Truck and Rail.” The document is now available at no charge through the UF/IFAS Extension’s online collection, EDIS, while it awaits the USDA’s extensive review process to be officially accepted as the new Handbook No. 669.

Although a few revisions were made to the guide since its original publication, it had also been at least a decade since the handbook was reprinted. Previous revisions were minor, Brecht said, and included things like updating references to the Congressional Record and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.

The new handbook, created under contract to USDA-AMS, provides comprehensive information for shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers regarding the equipment used to transport fresh and frozen perishable foods, Brecht added. It also offers recommendations for handling different perishable food items to reduce losses in quality while maintaining sanitary conditions.

“The original guide was printed and sized to be put in the glove compartment, so that truck drivers could reference it as needed,” Brecht said. “The idea was for it to be carried around everywhere. Now, that’s like our smartphones. Part of our proposal to USDA-AMS was to create a smart PDF, to be easily navigated and searchable.”

Brecht explained that among the major changes in the content of the revised guide is the addition of many commodities that have become more popular in the years since its last publication.

“Tropical fruits were not as common when the previous edition was released,” Brecht said. “Fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, like packaged salads and baby carrots, were almost unknown at that time. Other products are also prepackaged as a standard now, like beef, among many other examples.”

Steven Sargent, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences who worked on the project, said that advancements in technology involving the transport of perishable goods also informed the new guidelines.

“A major area of technological advancement that has occurred is computerized refrigerated transport vehicles and telematics, which is the monitoring mechanism behind these systems,” Sargent said. “Telematics uses sensors to control refrigeration systems and collect information like product temperatures and vehicle location during transport. It also uses telecommunication systems to transmit the information to keep everyone informed, from the point of origin to destination.” The document can be viewed online or downloaded here. Its current version, however, is in the process of becoming more mobile-friendly, Sargent added.

“We’re working to develop an app,” Sargent said. “It’s still in the early stages, but the idea is to make it easier for users to jump to the individual commodity or topic they’re looking for on their phones.”

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