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The Made in China Connection: The World’s Largest Container Ships

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Maersk is the largest container shipping company in the world with over 700 ships owned and leased by the Danish Moller family.  Even in China and entering Shanghai Harbour is mile after mile of Maersk shipping containers.

The Emma Maersk is over 170,000 tons, and the largest Maersk container vessel in world built in 2017 is Madrid Maersk with over 214,000 tonnage.

What a ship….no wonder ‘Made in China ‘ is displacing North American made goods big time. This monster transports goods across the Pacific in just five days!! Another two will soon be commissioned.

These ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get their imported
goods from China … They hold an incredible 15,000 containers and have a 207 foot deck beam!!  The full crew is just 13 people on a ship longer than a US Aircraft Carrier which has a crew of 5,000.  With its  207′ beam it is too big to fit through the Panama or Suez Canals ……..

It  is strictly transpacific. Cruise speed: 31 knots.  
The goods arrive four days before the typical  container ship (18-20 knots) on a  China-to-California run. 91% of Wal-Mart products are made in China. So this behemoth is hugely competitive even when carrying perishable goods.    
The ship was built in five sections. The sections are floated together and then welded. The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 
11 cargo crane rigs that can operate simultaneously unloading the entire ship in less than two hours. 


Additional info:
Country of origin  – Denmark
Length – 1,302 ft
Width – 207 ft
Net cargo  – 123,200 tons 
Engine – 14 cylinders in-line diesel engine  (110,000 BHP) 
Cruise Speed – 31 knots

Cargo  capacity – 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 cubic feet)
Crew – 13 people!
First trip – Sept. 08, 2006 
Construction cost –  US $145,000,000+
Silicone painting applied to the ship bottom reduces water resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year. 

Editorial  Comment! A documentary in late March, 2010 on the History Channel noted that all of these containers are shipped back to China – EMPTY !
Yep, that’s right.  
We send nothingback on these ships. 
What does that tell you about the current  financial state of the west in crisis? 
So folks, just keep on buying those imported goods (mostly gadgets) until you run out of money.  
Then you may wonder what the cause of  unemployment
(maybe even your job) in the U..S, UK, Canada and even in Australia????

 

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Delays, Congestion Plaguing Fresh Arrivals at West Coast Ports

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One of the last things Southern hemisphere winter fruit needs is further delays when normal transit times to the U.S. are up to three weeks.

Long Beach and Los Angeles ports are facing log jams of container vessels, as perishable produce is spending more time on the water than normal.

Bengard Marketing of Los Angeles notes there has been lingering problems for months creating a perfect storm, resulting in fruit quality suffering. For example, fruit normally having a three week transit period via container from Chile is now experiencing five to six weeks on the water.

Sensitive fruits such as peaches, apricots and cherries are being affected the most from unpredictable arrival schedules. As volumes increase, there could be even more congestion after getting the product to storage, because it may be subject to repacking to get rid of poor quality fruit or even facing delays due to survey claims.

Concerning Peru, all grapes are subjected to a cold treatment upon arrival, which means adding a few days on top of the same delay faced by all other containers. Some shipments from Peru are being redirected to Port Hueneme, where there are fewer restrictions and less timing of discharge is much better as they don’t have as much congestion as L.A.

Many exporters are converting to bulk vessels that have their own terminal, along with operations that are not as impacted as the container vessel terminals are. While bulk vessel shipments are more predictable, the frequency of arrivals is much less than shipping via container vessels.

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500 Star Cool Reefer Units from Maersk Ordered by Dole

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Dole Food Company has ordered of 500 energy-efficient reefer units from Maersk Container Industry (MCI), working in cooperation with leasing company, Textainer.

Star Cool’s AV+ system allows the units to control fresh air intake by a preselected maximum level of CO2 inside the reefer. These units allow Dole to have greater control over the product while shipping. AV+ was designed to maximize cargo freshness of delicate bananas and other fresh fruit, as vessels traverse the tropics while optimizing energy efficiency.

On a warm day, it would be counterproductive to drive a car with the air conditioning on and the windows open; in layman’s terms, the logic behind AV+ is similar, an MCI statement said.

“Dole prioritizes quality and innovation in all aspects of their business,” said Global ad of Sales and Marketing at MCI, Anders Holm to Portal Portuario. “These are also values that are important to MCI and we are very pleased about Dole confirming their trust in MCI by expanding their operated Star Cool fleet once again.”

Dole will pick up the new reefers with their own container vessel newbuilding Dole Maya from the port of Qingdao in China.

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Carrier Transicold Offers Lower GWP Refrigerant for Truck and Trailer Systems

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ATHENS, GA– As a leader in providing environmentally sustainable transport refrigeration solutions, Carrier Transicold has begun offering North America’s refrigerated haulers the new-generation refrigerant R-452A as an option for new and existing equipment. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), a leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions.

Starting in the first quarter of 2021, purchasers can specify R-452A on all Carrier Transicold trailer and diesel truck equipment orders. Carrier units with R-452A refrigerant have performance comparable to Carrier units with R-404A, the traditional transport refrigerant, in terms of refrigerant capacity, pulldown, fuel efficiency and reliability.

“R-452A has a global warming potential (GWP) of 2140, which is about half that of R-404A (GWP 3922),” said Bill Maddox, senior manager, product management, Carrier Transicold. “We are offering it for fleets that want to improve their environmental profiles and to prepare for compliance with evolving regulations.”

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has proposed prohibiting high GWP refrigerants on new transport refrigeration equipment starting in 2022. Additionally, Canada has banned high GWP refrigerants for new transport refrigeration starting in 2025, in keeping with its plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Kigali Agreement of the Montreal Protocol. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of R-452A for transport applications but has not prohibited continued use of R-404A.

While there are currently no retrofit regulations proposed, Carrier Transicold units already in service can easily take advantage of R-452A. For Carrier units with an electronic expansion valve, converting requires only an operating software update. On Carrier Transicold truck units and older trailer units that use a mechanical expansion valve, the valve will require a manual adjustment or replacement, depending on the model.

Refrigerant cost may be a factor for some fleets considering conversion to R‑452A, Maddox said. Currently R-452A is three to four times more expensive than R‑404A, which will add somewhat to the initial equipment purchase and could affect refrigerant-related repair costs.

“Still, haulers should start to consider when transitioning to a lower GWP refrigerant will make the most sense for their fleets,” Maddox said. “While the EPA permits continued use of R-404A, the proposed 2022 California changes may ultimately drive use of R-452A as a de facto national standard, due to the large volume of refrigerated traffic that moves into that state.”


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.

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Carrier Transicold Adds Atmosphere System to Extend Shelf Life

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SINGAPORE – Carrier Transicold’s EverFRESH® active controlled-atmosphere system for refrigerated containers now offers a new carbon dioxide (CO2) injection option to better preserve low-respiring, high-value perishable cargo.

The new option allows the container to be pre-charged with CO2 at the start of a voyage and automatically add more over the course of the trip. Carrier Transicold is the only container refrigeration system manufacturer to offer a controlled-atmosphere system with an integrated option to add CO2 on demand.

“The option is beneficial for cherries, blueberries, grapes, papayas and other low- to moderate-respiring commodities that do not create a lot of CO2 on their own,” said Jim Taeckens, senior product manager, Global Container Refrigeration, Carrier Transicold. “This technology allows customers to better protect and extend the shelf life of high-value commodities, which is especially important.”

Using active controlled-atmosphere technology, the EverFRESH system optimizes the balance of oxygen and CO2 within a refrigerated container to reduce respiration and slow the natural ripening of the commodity by generating high-purity nitrogen to more quickly and responsively displace oxygen. The system maintains a positive pressure within the container, making it less sensitive to box air leakage than other controlled-atmosphere methods.

The EverFRESH system with CO2 injection is currently available as a factory-installed option for Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE® refrigeration systems equipped with the wireless Micro-Link® 5 controller. Container atmosphere levels can be securely monitored via a mobile device using Carrier Transicold’s DataLINE Connect™ app, and Carrier Transicold’s TripLINK™ data management platform can be used to set and monitor oxygen and CO2levels. TripLINK will continue to be further enhanced by Carrier’s new Lynx™ digital platform, which provides application support to expand automation capabilities.

For more information about the EverFRESH controlled-atmosphere system with CO2 injection option, turn to the experts at Carrier Transicold or visit www.transicold.carrier.com.

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KLLM Adds 1,400 Carrier Transicold Reefer Units

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RICHLAND, MS – Accommodating significant fleet growth and modernization, one of North America’s leading refrigerated trucking companies, KLLM Transport Services, is adding 1,400 new Utility trailers refrigerated by Carrier Transicold units equipped with the eSolutions™ telematics platform and TRU-Mount solar charging systems.

“Thanks to continued investments to replace and upgrade our equipment and technology, we are, today, a 57-year-old company with one of the youngest, most advanced fleets on the highway,” said Jim Richards, president of KLLM, a Top-3 refrigerated carrier, headquartered in Richland, Mississippi.

“As a premier service provider, with more than 6,000 refrigerated trailers and domestic intermodal containers serving 48 states and Mexico, it is vital that we continuously renew our fleet,” Richards added. “This latest investment helps us keep our fleet new and modern for improved service, less downtime and to provide our customers with the advantage of the most current technology.”

The new Carrier Transicold systems include 1,325 X4™ 7500 single-temperature trailer refrigeration units to be deployed by KLLM, and 75 Vector™ 8600MT multi-temperature units to be used by KLLM’s Dallas-based Frozen Foods Express (FFE) business. All refrigeration systems will be installed on 53-foot Utility 3000R insulated trailers by Carrier Transicold and Utility Trailer dealer Southern States Utility Trailer Sales Inc., also located in Richland.

Carrier Transicold’s eSolutions platform helps refrigerated transporters operate more efficiently by improving visibility of their cold chain assets and intelligently providing a centralized data stream about their transport refrigeration units (TRUs) and cargo.

In addition to supplying critical data, such as temperatures, location and movement, the eSolutions platform will provide two-way control as well as analytic and diagnostic information about its refrigeration units. Carrier’s high-performance TRU-Mount solar charging system helps maintain the charge of the refrigeration unit battery, which supports the eSolutions telematics system, even when the refrigeration unit is off.

“The fact that the eSolutions system is integrated with the Carrier Transicold units is very important to us,” Richards said. “It will give us new abilities to download data and upgrade over the air, including our IntelliSet™ profiles – something we are certainly excited about.”

The IntelliSet feature is a software application included with Carrier Transicold’s APX refrigeration unit controllers that allows custom configuration of multiple refrigeration parameters to create profiles based on specific commodities or customer preferences. With the eSolutions system, IntelliSet configurations can be selected remotely, and parameter updates can be done over the air rather than manually, saving time and resources.

For additional details about Carrier Transicold’s transport refrigeration units, eSolutions platform and solar charging options, 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 Global Corporation, a leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions. 

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ZIM Adds 1,000 Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE Refrigeration Units

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SINGAPORE – ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. is expanding its refrigerated shipping capabilities with 1,000 new containers equipped with Carrier Transicold’s PrimeLINE® refrigeration unit. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), a leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions.

The new, 40-foot high-cube containers will help the Haifa, Israel-based shipping line accommodate growth and solidify its commitment to having ample refrigerated resources to support its customers during these challenging times. Many of the new containers will ship highly temperature-sensitive perishable cargoes and high-value pharmaceutical products.

“With thousands of PrimeLINE units already in service to our fleet over many years, the refrigeration system has proven itself to be a highly capable performer,” said Moti Azari, reefer trade manager, ZIM. “The unit’s excellent refrigeration capabilities, energy efficiency and record of reliability, backed by Carrier Transicold’s responsive field support team, are all vitally important to our fleet operations, especially so, during these unprecedented times amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The PrimeLINE unit offers rapid temperature pull-down, tight temperature control, high energy efficiency and high air-flow performance, which are integral to the transportation of high-value cargoes, especially pharmaceutical products. Its efficiency is attributed primarily to an advanced digital scroll compressor that reduces power draw, which also results in reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions. Carrier helps customers meet the rapidly evolving supply chain demands to make their cold chain activities more efficient through the Healthy, Safe, Sustainable Cold Chain Program.

“We appreciate the opportunity to continue supporting ZIM with our PrimeLINE units, which have been the industry sales leader for more than a decade with best-in-class refrigeration performance,” said Kay Henze, international key account manager, Global Container Refrigeration, Carrier Transicold.

To learn more about the PrimeLINE refrigeration unit, turn to the experts at Carrier Transicold or visit 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 Global Corporation, a leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions. 

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DeltaTrak’s Supply Chain Solutions for Storage, Handling, Transport of COVID-19 Vaccines

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Pleasanton, Calif. — DeltaTrak® announces customized vaccine temperature monitoring solutions compatible with the three temperature profiles required for transport, storage and handling of
COVID-19 vaccines. This includes Certified alarm thermometers, Digital data loggers (DDLs), and Real-time monitors (RTL) for vaccines stored in refrigerators, freezers, ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers, and thermal shippers. These solutions have been specifically designed to alleviate cold chain distribution challenges worldwide.“

Our vaccine monitoring solutions serve a key role in helping to ensure efficacy by supporting compliance with required temperature conditions,” said Frederick Wu, President and CEO of DeltaTrak. “Having the visibility to track temperature integrity through the Cloud-based Cold Chain supply network, is vital to the success of COVID-19 vaccine distribution stakeholders.”

DeltaTrak’s three-in-one vaccine monitors can be used for all types of vaccines that require customized temperature management profiles: AstraZeneca (2-8°C), Moderna (-20°C) and Pfizer (-70°C). Customers can select products with a variety of certifications to best suit their operational needs or requirements, including: ISO 17025 certification, NIST certification, WHO prequalified, CDC, and 21 CFR Part 11 compliant solutions. The Real-time monitor options upload data 24/7 to the FlashTrak cloud platform, enabling stakeholders to receive alerts and share information in real-time, to identify any temperature excursions during distribution, storage, and dispensing.

The FlashTrak RTL supply chain dashboard provides enhanced visibility to your data for accessing reports and sharing with other parties such as hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, 3PL, or health departments. The platform also allows users to customize settings for cargo security, temperature alerts, location, and arrival and departure status using geofence and API integration. Actionable data in the Cloud gives visibility to make immediate cold chain management decisions for corrective actions to protect our life-saving COVID-19 vaccines.

DeltaTrak’s three-in-one vaccine monitoring solutions are currently available to US and international customers.


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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Carrier Introduces New Thin-Profile Vector HE 19 Unit for Intermodal

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Athens, GA.– Carrier Transicold’s sleek new high-efficiency Vector HE 19 unit delivers the greatest cooling and freezing capacities of any domestic intermodal container refrigeration system in its thin-profile class. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

“The Vector HE 19 unit is trim and high performing, delivering more BTUs of cooling per hour per RPM than any model in the thin-profile class – as much as 36% more efficient than its competition,” said Bill Maddox, senior manager, Product Management, Carrier Transicold. “With its modern new design, the Vector HE 19 unit delivers 16% greater deep-frozen capacity and 20% more refrigeration capacity than its class competitor.”

The Vector HE 19 unit is Carrier Transicold’s first North American transport refrigeration system to use the next-generation refrigerant R-452A exclusively. Developed for lower environmental impact, R-452A has a global warming potential about half that of the refrigerant traditionally used in transport applications.

About 40% thinner than a traditional intermodal refrigeration unit, the Vector HE 19 unit is especially well suited for 53-foot domestic intermodal containers because it optimizes space utilization within, improving shipping efficiency over rail and highway. Up to 7% more cargo can be carried – 15 pallet rows, rather than 14.

As with other models in the Vector platform, the new unit features patented E-Drive™ technology developed by Carrier Transicold. With E-Drive technology, a high-output generator is direct-coupled to a diesel engine to power a uniquely all-electric refrigeration system. Intelligent controls automatically activate individual components, such as the compressor and fans, running only what it needs, precisely when needed, so components run less and last longer than traditional counterparts.

The simplified refrigeration architecture eliminates many routine-maintenance parts used in conventional transport refrigeration units, such as vibrasorbers, clutches, shaft seals, alternators, drive belts and pulleys.

The Vector HE 19 unit has integrated electric standby, enabling the unit to be plugged into a power source when parked, eliminating emissions and noise from the refrigeration unit engine, conserving fuel and reducing operating costs. E-Drive technology delivers the unit’s full rated refrigeration capacity when on standby, unlike add-on standby systems that add weight and complexity without delivering full capacity.

The Vector HE 19 unit can be coupled with Carrier Transicold’s eSolutions™ telematics system for remote monitoring of system operation and container temperatures, and for enhanced capabilities, such as remote software updates, data downloads and system diagnostics.

For additional details on the thin-profile Vector HE 19 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 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 Global Corporation, a leading global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

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Carrier Transicold of Southern California Opens Facility

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Carrier Transicold of Southern California has opened a 42,000-square-foot service facility.

The Jurupa Valley, Calif., facility has 12 bays and is the largest of Carrier Transicold of Southern California’s (CTSC) three locations. Carrier Transicold equipment and services support the shipping of temperature-controlled cargo and cold-chain visibility, according to a news release.

CTSC, based in City of Industry, Calif., opened a satellite operation in the Inland Empire region four years ago and demand made the larger facility necessary.

“Our new facility provides better access and greater convenience for refrigerated haulers serving the area and especially those entering Southern California from the east,” Bill Willett, president and CEO of CTSC, said in the release. “It’s another example of how we are investing deeply to help support our customers.”

The facility includes a service area with 25 technicians, a training area and a showroom.

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