The fifth-largest container shipping
company by fleet capacity, Hapag-Lloyd has expanded its fleet with 3,700 Star
Cool Integrated containers from Maersk Container Industry (MCI) as part of
their recent reefer investments and the containers are environmentally friendly
It is the first carrier to widely deploy the
environmentally friendly low Global Warming Potential (GWP) R513A
refrigerant blend recently introduced by MCI. And the R513A charged Star Cool unit is
addressing the environmental protection legislation for existing technology
platforms introduced with, for example, the F-gas regulations in the EU.
“We are pleased to introduce another
low-GWP refrigerant solution in our fleet with the first 1,000 Star Cool
Integrated containers,” says Niklas Ohling, Senior Director at Hapag-Lloyd.
“Reducing carbon emissions is a key objective on our sustainability agenda and
we believe in the potential of environmentally friendly refrigerants as an
important element in achieving this. At the same time, we have ensured in
earlier field trials with MCI that the cargo quality and energy efficiency
remains unaffected by the new refrigerant.”
“We share the ambition of Hapag-Lloyd to reduce its
environmental impact and are happy they again have selected the Star Cool
Integrated solution,” says Søren Leth Johannsen, Chief Commercial Officer at
MCI. “It has been our imperative to offer a refrigerant solution that is not
only better for the environment, but can also be deployed here and now, in the
future, and in existing Star Cool fleets. This protects our customers’ investment
and allows for a gradual change to the new technology and to legislation.”
To meet the
increased demand in reefer transport, Hapag-Lloyd will use Controlled
Atmosphere (CA) technology for 1,000 Star Cool Integrated containers to expand
its ExtraFresh and ExtraFresh Plus services.
technology slows the seasoning of fruits and vegetables, allowing them to be
transported over longer periods and reach their destination in optimal
40-foot high-cube are currently being produced and delivered from MCI’s
manufacturing facilities in China and Chile, Hapag-Lloyd said.