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ContainerLINE May 2019 issue

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Fueling Efficiency Compared to air and road transport, shipping by ocean container is by far the most fuel-efficient way to move goods. Still, fuel represents a significant expense for container shipping. Burning fuel also generates the electricity to run container refrigeration units onboard a vessel. That's why Carrier Transicold has long endeavored to help our customers manage their bottom lines by minimizing the energy required to run refrigeration systems. For years our energy-efficient PrimeLINE ® platform has helped customers hold the line on fuel costs, having been introduced just before bunker fuel costs surged to over $700 a ton in 2008. While fuel prices eventually came back to earth, there have been periodic spikes in the decade since, so we continue our focus on efficiency along with exceptional performance. In this issue of ContainerLINE ® we show options customers can use to improve efficiency of refrigeration systems in their own operations. Some techniques involve specialized control software, while another option adds enhanced system components that drive up efficiency to push down energy expenditures. As our articles demonstrate, energy- saving options from Carrier Transicold can potentially reduce refrigeration unit energy costs by half, or even more, for some shipping lines. If customers have not deployed these options before, now is a great time to consider them. Starting in 2020 the cost of fuel used in container shipping is expected to jump to more than $600 a ton, according to some estimates. This time the reason isn't fuel-price volatility, but rather the shipping lines' conversion to more expensive low-sulfur fuel for compliance with the new International Maritime Organization standard intended to help reduce emissions into the environment. On page 10 we look at another group concerned for the environment – an international team of scientists who have enlisted Carrier Transicold's NaturaLINE ® technology to help safeguard Antarctic ice cores being studied to help predict future climate change. Another testament to NaturaLINE's unique strengths, it was chosen for its deep-frozen performance and for using a refrigerant with a uniquely low global warming potential. The NaturaLINE unit, too, is energy efficient. We wouldn't have it any other way, naturally. Willy Yeo Director of Marketing Global Container Refrigeration 2 2020 Foresight Maximizing Reefer Efficiency to Reduce Impact of Rising Bunker Fuel Costs Fuel prices, which have been relatively stable for the container shipping industry in recent years, have been projected by some to spike in 2020 when the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) new air quality standard takes effect, lowering the present 3.5 percent cap on sulfur content to 0.5 percent. It is anticipated that converting from today's bunker fuel, which has been trending at around $425 per metric ton, to low-sulfur fuel may add $200 or more per ton. This will have significant cost implications for container shipping lines – by some estimates, impacting the global shipping industry by an additional $15 billion annually or more. "Improving air quality to protect the environment is an objective we can all support," said Willy Yeo, director of marketing, Global Container Refrigeration, Carrier Transicold. "However, the conversion places additional cost burdens on shipping lines, and refrigerated cargo carriers may experience greater impact because of the added energy demand refrigeration systems place on a vessel's fuel-burning power source. "To that end, Carrier Transicold's latest container refrigeration systems are highly efficient compared to their predecessors, and for shipping lines anticipating higher fuel costs beginning in 2020 there may be opportunities to further improve the

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