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Hapag-Lloyd adds low-carbon refrigerant containers from Maersk Container Industry

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 refrigerants.

 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.

The CA technology slows the seasoning of fruits and vegetables, allowing them to be transported over longer periods and reach their destination in optimal condition.

The 3,700 40-foot high-cube are currently being produced and delivered from MCI’s manufacturing facilities in China and Chile, Hapag-Lloyd said.


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