Seaboard Builds 300 New 40-foot Refrigerated Containers
February 22, 2011
Seaboard Marine has received the last of 300 new 40-foot refrigerated (reefer) high-cube containers that were recently built. This group of new reefers were loaded last week in Qingdao, China. Half of these containers will soon be discharged in Miami while the remaining half will be unloaded in Valparaiso, Chile. All units will be promptly integrated throughout the Seaboard Marine network to satisfy customer demand. With this new addition, Seaboard will have added 1,507 new reefer containers since 2008 resulting in one of the youngest reefer fleets in the industry.
MCI, one of the world’s finest container manufacturers, built all 300 of these steel containers. MCI’s innovative construction processes minimize material use while optimizing structural strength, which amongst other features, makes these units more energy efficient, hygienic and repair friendly. MCI’s containers now make use of an environmentally friendly insulation called SuPoTec that, unlike traditional cell gasses, uses a cell gas that avoids ozone depletion. The actual cooling machinery installed in these reefer containers is the high-performance PrimeLine unit built by Carrier Transicold. Featuring digital scroll technology, the PrimeLine model is designed specifically to improve energy consumption and reduce carbon emission impact and lifecycle costs. PrimeLine’s reduced power requirements also benefit the environment through conserving fossil fuel, thereby lowering emissions related to shipboard power generation. This machinery also uses environmentally sound R-134a, which has the lowest global warming potential of all contemporary container refrigerants.
Edward Gonzalez, Seaboard Marine President said, “Seaboard Marine always sets high standards for outstanding service and performance. In recent years we have been focused on providing high-quality equipment, built with superior state-of-the-art specifications, to serve our valued customers. Further, by introducing the latest technology in reefer containers that consume less energy and use better refrigerants, we are benefiting not only Seaboard Marine and our customers, but also the communities in which we live and operate.”