thermo-logo.jpgThermo King’s Advanced Fresh Air Exchange Management system (AFAM+) has proved once again to be a viable option in the transport of Brazilian avocados. Hamburg Süd, which has utilized AFAM+ successfully for many years, performed the 16-day shipment of Avocado Fuerte from Santos, Brazil to Rotterdam, beginning in February of this year. The surveyors who met the shipment at Rotterdam’s port reported that the fruit arrived firm, beautifully dark green, and in good condition.

“We were very pleased with the AFAM+ performance, temperature control, and the overall condition of the avocados,” said Michaela Steineker, Global Reefer Coordinator, Hamburg Süd. “During the unpacking process, the fruit was inspected for several quality and maturity relevant parameters, all of which met the expectations of our customers.”

Upon loading of the avocados onto the Alianca Maua ship, the container temperature was set at a 5°C setpoint with a 24-hour defrost interval and a 10 percent maximum carbon dioxide (CO2) level. “The avocados were not properly pre-cooled, but the Thermo King MAGNUM(r) container refrigeration unit was still able to bring the load to return temperature range within 14 hours and reached the CO2 setpoint within 72 hours of start-up,” said Gino Ansaldi, Sales and Service Manager, South America. “And those numbers were maintained throughout the voyage despite ambient air temperatures that averaged 30-35°C before falling to 10°C near Rotterdam. In addition, the relative humidity recorded for the voyage was 95 percent, which was excellent for the avocados.”

Besides their good visual appearance and condition, the avocados’ temperature was measured for each of the 20 total pallets, and the MAGNUM unit was unplugged; cargo temperature was ranged between 5.5 and 5.8°C.

Load Information
Commodity… Avocado Fuerte
Origin… Santos, Brazil
Destination… Rotterdam, NL
Stuffi ng date… Feb 27th, 2008
Date Arrived… March 13th, 2008
Vessel… Allianza Manaus
Container No… SUDU 534475-5
Days in Transit… 16 Days

Unit Information
Temperature Setpoint… +5.0 Celsius
Defrost Interval… 24 Hours
CO2 Maximum… 10%

AFAM+ is just one of the top-end technologies utilised by Hamburg Süd, which allow the company to create optimum transport conditions for all products and open new markets for producers. At the same time, it ensures that the shipment of refrigerated commodities by sea becomes increasingly competitive to air transport with lower prices and environmental impact – aspects which are gaining worldwide attention. Hamburg Süd is committed to the expansion and modernisation of its reefer container fleet through products like AFAM+, updated 20- and 40-foot High Cube containers, and the MAGNUM reefer, the only refrigerated container unit available with -35°C cooling capabilities.

Founded in 1871, Hamburg Süd is part of the successful Oetker Group, one of the largest and best-known family businesses in Germany. The company is ranked among the world’s 20 largest container shipping lines, offering its customers across-the-board, door-to-door logistics solutions that extend beyond pure ocean transport. Hamburg Süd is acknowledged as one of the leading providers in the North-South trades.

Thermo King is the global leader in solutions for temperature-controlled transport, supplying the world market from 11 production facilities and over 800 distributors world-wide. The company offers a wide range of refrigeration and heating units for vehicles of all sizes, from small vans to large trailers, as well as airborne and ocean-going containers. In addition Thermo King provides heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment for passenger buses and railcars.

Thermo King also offers service maintenance programmes and finance solutions, as well as a range of accessories, temperature monitoring, and tracking equipment.

Thermo King is a business unit of leading diversified industrial company Ingersoll Rand, a global provider of products, services, and integrated solutions to industries as diverse as transportation, manufacturing, construction and agriculture.

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