Danish container shipping line Maersk is steaming ahead to improve its emissions rating by installing new energy-efficient refrigeration units in its fleet.
Maersk Line has ordered 12,900 energy-efficient Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE container refrigeration units to help meet its 2020 target of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent relative to a 2010 baseline, Carrier said in a statement.
The units, which are said to make significant operational and environmental improvements by reducing shipboard energy production requirements and associated greenhouse gas emissions, are being installed on 40-foot high-cube containers for replacement and expansion of Maersk’s refrigerated container fleet.
“Over the course of a relationship spanning nearly three decades, Carrier and Maersk have worked together to make significant advancements in reducing shipboard energy consumption while lowering emissions,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration. “With the addition of these PrimeLINE units to its fleet, Maersk Line continues to advance its bold sustainability initiatives.”
Including prior purchases, Maersk Line’s PrimeLINE units, in normal operating modes, are expected to save enough energy over their lifetimes to eliminate more than 1.6m tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions relative to industry average: the equivalent to removing nearly 27,000 cars from the road over the same period, Carrier said.
"The PrimeLINE unit is also known for best-in-class pulldown among all container refrigeration units, as well as best deep-frozen capability among those that use non-ozone-depleting R-134a. No other container refrigeration unit provides dehumidification capability lower than the PrimeLINE unit, and none can achieve 50 per cent relative humidity as efficiently," the firm said.
Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. The firm says it 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 40 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with the most advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems, the company statement said.