Reefer container use around the world is reported to be increasing by 30% each year and was a hot topic for a number of exhibitors at Intermodal Europe 2013 from October 8-10 at the Hamburg Messe in Germany.
Intermodal Europe 2013 exhibitor, Thermo King, is a manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications. These transport temperature control systems offer scroll compressor technology and enable users to lower energy, fuel and operating costs while providing temperature stability.
Thermo King MAGNUM reefer technology has demonstrated its deep freeze cooling performance for more than a decade, offering -35 °C and beyond with the introduction of the MAGNUM PLUS.
Introduced in 2009, the MAGNUM PLUS offers the MP-4000 controller, a significant game-changer for the industry, with high-performance processing power and solid-state electronic components. These solutions are reported to be the industry’s lightest, simplest, most powerful, most efficient, and lowest energy-consuming transport refrigeration units.
Maersk Container Industry (MCI) also exhibited. One of Maersk Container Industry’s offerings is the Star Cool alarm system, which can now be accessed via smartphone, tablet or PC. IRS International in Australia has been using the system. “On multiple occasions, the Star Cool online alarm page has helped our techs to troubleshoot loaded units at the terminal and then repair them as quickly as possible”, said Daniel Allen, NSW Manager at IRS International. ”The online alarm page is very simple to use and all our technicians have the page saved on the home screen of their smartphones for easy access. This saves our company time and all the shipping lines get their reefers back up and running quickly.”
Maersk Container Industry has recently joined the United Nations’ SAVE FOOD Initiative to help make international food logistics more efficient. Robert van Otterdijk, Team Leader in SAVE FOOD, says: “Using appropriate refrigeration technology to improve storage and transport conditions for harvested food can have a significant impact on reducing food losses and waste.” The UN food organization FAO, under which SAVE FOOD is organised, estimates that globally up to 50 % of fruits and vegetables are lost between farm and fork.
Transport and distribution may account for between 5% and 20% of the loss depending on the specific region of the world. A new video from Maersk describes easy steps for cargo owners and shipping lines to benefit from automatic ventilation in refrigerated containers.