In cooperation with leasing company, Textainer, Maersk Container Industry has entered into an agreement to deliver five-hundred new Star Cool units to Dole Food Company in January 2021. Dole’s focus on delivering the highest quality fruit while reducing their carbon footprint globally factored into their choice of Star Cool. As an original engineering feature, Star Cool units can control the speed of the reefer compressor to match the specific cooling demands of the cargo and therefore perform at the highest level of both precision and energy efficiency.
Dole Star Cool
Star Cool’s automatic ventilation system (AV+) allows the units to control fresh air intake by a preselected maximum level of CO2 inside the reefer. This unique and innovative fresh air control mode further reduces energy consumption and related carbon footprint. Regulating the amount of ambient air entering the container reduces the need to cool down warm air and reduces the risk of ingress of harmful external gasses. Upgrading to these units allows Dole greater control over their product during shipping.
AV+ was designed to maximize cargo freshness of delicate bananas and other fresh fruit, as vessels traverse the tropics while optimizing energy efficiency. On a warm day, it would be counterproductive to drive a car with the air conditioning on and the windows open. In layman’s terms, the logic behind AV+ is similar.
Dole will pick up the new reefers with their own vessel newbuilding Dole Maya at Qingdao, China.