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Africa Express Line bolsters its fleet with Star Cool order

Africa Express Line bolsters its fleet with Star Cool order

Africa Express Line Ltd (AEL) is expanding its refrigerated container fleet with the addition of 500 Star Cool Integrated containers manufactured by Maersk Container Industry (MCI).

Dedicated to the environment and food safety, AEL selected the fully integrated refrigerated container and Star Cool Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology for its high energy efficiency and effective care of the ripening process of perishables. The containers will be deployed to service AEL’s owner, French fruit exporter Compagnie Fruitiere, in routes to and from Europe and West Africa.

All Star Cool containers will be equipped with modems for remote access to monitor assets, temperature, atmosphere and alarms logged in real time in the Star Cool units. To further propel energy performance, AEL will activate the StarConomy reefer control application, which is proven to halve energy use while maintaining the same temperature inside the container, preserving produce quality.

“We have a long-standing relationship with AEL and we are delighted that they again have chosen to add the most efficient container model,” said Soren Johannsen, chief commercial officer, MCI. “The integrated Star Cool 2017 model provides a whole suite of new efficiency-enhancing features to support the needs of modern container operations—from monitoring and controlling the atmospheric conditions on the inside of the container to digitalized solutions that allow for transparency and expanded data access.”

Star Cool reefers feature a combination of built-in digitalized solutions that can be leveraged any time to further support AEL’s efficient service and surveillance of its Star Cool fleet. This includes an energy meter that offers a reliable and precise tool to measure energy use in real time, either manually or via AEL’s full modem coverage.

In addition, Intelligent Trip Inspection (ITI) now comes standard in all Star Cool reefers. ITI provides an enhanced digital inspection system that removes the need for pre-trip inspections. It provides self-diagnostics that confirm whether the container is ready for the next trip and highlight if steps in the ITI process need further investigation.

To supplement its fleet of specialized reefer vessels, AEL is chartering the new build 2,345-TEU, “Mimmi Schulte,” equipped with high reefer plug capacity, to carry the new 40-foot-high cube Star Cool CA reefers. Delivered directly from MCI’s factory in Qingdao, the maiden voyage will go to West Africa.

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