Turkish shipping line
acquires 1,800 containers
equipped with PrimeLINE
Nov 3, 2011 10:16 AM
A commitment to the environment led Turkish shipping line Arkas Shipping and Transport SA to recently acquire 1,800 40-foot containers equipped with the Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE refrigeration system.
A business unit of Arkas Holding Company, Arkas Shipping and Transport’s environmental commitment led it to choose the PrimeLINE unit. This recent acquisition doubled the size of its refrigerated container fleet, according to Friksos S Rothman, assistant manager–reefer container technical services, Arkas Holding’s Ardep Customs and Warehousing SA. With a fleet of 27 container vessels, Arkas Line offers regular container shipping between ports in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.
“Arkas contributes to the protection of the environment by making well-directed choices. From that perspective, Carrier’s PrimeLINE was our only choice—a better-performing unit that results in lower emissions related to shipboard power generation,” said Rothman.
The PrimeLINE unit’s efficiency—thanks in part to its efficient digital scroll compressor—also enables Arkas to fit more reefer containers onto fleet vessels and in terminals without requiring infrastructure upgrades, according to Rothman.
“We are pleased that Arkas has been able to further enhance its environmental profile through the acquisition of these PrimeLINE units, which are expected to save enough energy over their operating lifetime to eliminate more than 62,000 tons of carbon emissions relative to industry average,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold. “That’s equivalent to removing nearly 900 cars from the road over the same period.”
While environmental and operational benefits of reduced power consumption were the main reasons behind Arkas’ selection, the PrimeLINE unit’s pulldown and ability to dehumidify to 50% were key decision-drivers, Rothman said.
The PrimeLINE unit offers best-in-class pulldown for container refrigeration units, as well as best deep-frozen capability among those that use R-134a, the non-ozone-depleting refrigerant.
Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp (NYSE: UTX).
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