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FEBRUARY 2014 COOL CARGOES 12 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE C ONTAINER CARRIERS AND ship- pers of refrigerated cargoes, facing slower transit times and more dis- tant markets, are looking to high-tech solutions from container manufacturers. "Some of our customers are asking for more technology to help offset longer transit times," said Jim Taekens, senior product manager for Carrier Transicold. "I think it is a particular concern for per- ishable products." Last fall, Carrier introduced its Xtend- FRESH container atmosphere control system. Controlled atmosphere tech- nology has existed for years, but the XtendFRESH system improves controlled atmosphere in several ways, removing ethylene while controlling oxygen and car- bon dioxide levels, Taekens said. "This is significantly cheaper than other CA systems, and because it is fully modular, it can be added to existing refrig- erated containers that are not equipped with that feature." he said. "That gives car- riers a lot more fl exibility with what it can offer customers using their existing fl eets." Carrier Transicold manufactures the temperature and atmosphere control sys- tems and units that are then integrated into insulated trailers, containers and trucks to form refrigerated units. Carrier said the system helps slow ripening and decay of dozens of types of fruits and vegetables, in general doubling the shelf life of the products. Maersk Container Industry in Janu- ary jumped into the fray by offering a new ozone air cleaning system it said reduces or removes molds, fungi and bacteria. Developed with Boston-based technology company Primaira, the Bluezone system can be added to reefer boxes along with other controlled atmosphere and auto- mated ventilation systems. Maersk Container manufactures com- plete units by installing temperature and atmosphere controls into insulated boxes. Chilled pork exports, January-November 2013 vs. January-November 2012. Chilled pork muscle cut value was $2 billion, down 1 percent. Chilled pork muscle cut volume was 635,931 metric tons, down 1 percent. Mexico, Japan and Canada are the top markets for chilled pork. Total pork muscle cuts exports to Japan were 402,398 metric tons, and about half of that volume was chilled. Japan top market impacted by ocean freight. Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation U . S . PORK EXPORTS THE COLD FACTS U . S . BEEF EXPORTS THE BIG CHILL 2012 2013 2012 2013 ➜ ➜ Bluezone uses an ozone concentration 300 times higher than systems already on the market, using a sealed chamber so the ozone does not damage rubber, aluminum and copper parts in the boxes, the com- pany said. Soren Leth Johannsen, Maersk Con- tainer's chief commercial offi cer, said the Bluezone system not only helps get tradi- tional ocean cargoes to distant markets in better shape, but also offers shippers using expensive air freight the ability to shift to ocean carriers. "Just consider the economic and environmental upsides on potentially converting today's air freight of fresh-cut fl owers into reefer containers," U.S. beef exports, January-November 2013 vs. January-November 2012. Chilled beef muscle cut value: $2.676 billion, up 11.5 percent. Chilled beef muscle cut volume: 366,815 metric tons, up 10 percent. Canada, Mexico and Japan are the top markets for chilled beef. Our total beef muscle cut and beef variety meat exports to Japan last year (through November) were 219,081 metric tons. About 48 percent of that volume was chilled. Japan is by far the largest market that involves ocean freight, but chilled beef muscle cuts are also shipped to South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Chilled exports accounted for about 47 percent of total beef muscle cut volume. Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation U . S . PORK EXPORTS THE COLD FACTS U . S . BEEF EXPORTS THE BIG CHILL 2012 2013 2012 2013 ➜ ➜ beef pork TECH TO THE RESCUE Carriers seek high-tech help to combat effects of longer voyage times on perishable cargoes By Stephanie Nall

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