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French fruit exporter acquires Danish reefers

TINGLEY, Denmark: October 03, 2017. British-registered Africa Express Line Ltd (AEL) has acquired 500 Star Cool integrated containers from Maersk Container Industry (MCI) for use on its Europe-West Africa trades.

AEL 1Owned by French fruit exporter Compagnie Fruitiere, AEL operates a fleet of nine specialist reefer and container vessels including the new 2,345 TEU containership 'Mimmi Schulte' on weekly liner services to and from Europe/Mediterranean and West Africa.

"We set out to invest in containers that would protect the high-value produce we transport while saving energy," says Mathew Shed, AEL Technical director. "After comparative field trials, the controlled atmosphere technology clearly demonstrated its ability to help ensure the produce arrives at its destination in optimal condition.

"We will also take advantage of the energy saving applications and remote monitoring capabilities of Star Cool. Not only will they help us optimize operations, but they will also help us stay true to the CSR commitments we share with our owner, Compagnie Fruitiere," he added.

MCI said all the containers are equipped with modems for remote access to monitor the assets, temperature, atmosphere and alarms logged in real time in the Star Cool units.

"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," explained MCI CCO Soren Johannsen.

Compagnie Fruitiere has an annual turnover of €730 million, markets 800 000 tons of fruit in Europe, and employs almost 17 000 people in Europe, the Maghreb and in sub-Saharan Africa.

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