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Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. bolsters cold chain capabilities with Lynx Fleet-enabled Carrier Transicold refrigeration units

Enabling the transportation and monitoring of a wider range of perishables, to new and farther locations while maintaining quality.

Carrier Transicold has provided 2,000 PrimeLINE® refrigeration units featuring its Lynx™ Fleet digital solution to Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions. 

With this new addition to its refrigerated cargo fleet, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. is able to transport and monitor a wider range of perishables, to new and farther locations while maintaining quality. The Lynx Fleet solution includes proprietary technology that monitors reefer unit performance and provides early warning actionable diagnostics and predictive analytics down to the level of the machine’s components.

“We are pleased that Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. has decided to expand its refrigerated cargo fleet with us, as it is a testament to the quality of our service and technology in the cold chain industry,” said Leow Eng Meng, Sales Director, Asia, Global Container Refrigeration, Carrier Transicold. “Through Lynx Fleet, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. will also have the power of data and connectivity to facilitate data-driven decision making.”

The PrimeLINE unit, has been a staple choice for customers and features:

  • Fast temperature pull-down.
  • Tight temperature control within +/- 0.25 degree Celsius.
  • Efficient performance, owing to its use of an energy-conserving digital scroll compressor.
  • Excellent cost of ownership thanks to its efficiency and rugged design.
  • High airflow attributed to its aerospace-inspired fan design.

PrimeLINE refrigeration units support Carrier’s Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) goal of helping its customers avoid more than 1 gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Learn more at corporate.carrier.com/healthycoldchain 

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New Chief Executive Appointed To Lead Cold Chain Federation

Phil Pluck joins bringing a wealth of experience in leadership roles at professional membership bodies.

The Cold Chain Federation is pleased to announce that Phil Pluck joins the federation on Monday 20th November 2023 as its new Chief Executive.

The Cold Chain Federation is the membership body leading the UK’s temperature-controlled logistics industry.

Phil Pluck brings to the Cold Chain Federation a wealth of experience in leadership roles at professional membership bodies, including The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association, the Glass and Glazing Federation, and the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has also worked with and advised on operational and commercial strategy for a number of other membership bodies as well as holding commercial directorships in the charity, private and government sectors.

I am honoured to be appointed Chief Executive of the Cold Chain Federation, representing and supporting such a critical part of the supply chain at a time of significant industry change. The CCF has a talented team, a strong track record as a leader in sustainability, and it delivers an invaluable suite of services for our members. As we look to the UK cold chain’s challenges and opportunities of today and into the future, I am delighted to be leading the federation as we support and inspire our members to go from strength to strength

Cold Chain Federation Chief Executive
Phil Pluck

We are delighted to announce that Phil joins the Cold Chain Federation as Chief Executive today. Phil has extensive experience in leading membership organisations across a range of industries and I am looking forward to working with him as we build on the federation’s strong delivery and indispensable services for our members across the UK.

Cold Chain Federation President
Paul Bennell

To support a smooth transition, Shane Brennan remains with the federation for a short handover period before he takes up his new role at the Global Cold Chain Alliance at the end of the year.

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Construction started for Maersk’s new cold store in Rotterdam

To meet increased demand for storage in specific, low temperatures
With the official ground breaking Maersk has started the construction works for its new large cold store in Rotterdam (The Netherlands).  The specialized warehouse for temperature sensitive or frozen products like pharmaceuticals, fruits, meat or fish is located right next to the Maasvlakte II terminal operated by APM Terminals. Once operational in Q4 2024 the new facility will have the capacity of an annual flow throughput of more than 43,000 FFE (40 Feet Equivalent Units). This will make it a key component of Maersk’s integrated logistics offering for its customers across North-West Europe.
Increased demand for products which supply chains require storage in specific, low temperatures subsequently also creates demand for specialised logistics for transportation, but also for storage of perishables. The cold store in Rotterdam allows such goods to remain fresh and of highest quality for a longer time until they reach the end consumers. Apart from refrigerated container transportation, Maersk also offers refrigerated storage, extending the life cycle of perishables and allowing customers to better plan their supply chains.
The new refrigerated warehouse in Rotterdam is expected to significantly improve Maersk’s cold chain offering not only in the Netherlands, but more broadly across North-West European markets. Customers will gain access to a 40,000 m2 facility located right next to one of Europe’s most modern terminals at Maasvlakte II, operated by APM Terminals.
“This proximity to the terminal, but also to our new cross-dock facility in Rotterdam which will be operational in January 2024 allows us to offer simpler and more integrated supply chain solutions right at our logistics hub in Rotterdam. That was one of the main criteria for its location and we expect it to be a significant game changer for our cold chain customers as well.”
Michel Blonk
Regional Construction Project Manager for Europe
Facts about the cold storage warehouse:
  • Customs bonded facility
  • Positioned on a strategic location, adjacent to the APMT terminal ground
  • Commodities: Fruits, Frozen Fish & Proteins and Pharmaceuticals
  • Sustainable facility with BREEAM Excellent certification and renewable energy through solar panels
  • Inhouse veterinairy inspection point

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Carrier and GIZ to Advance Cold Chain Development and Decarbonization with Training Center in East Africa

Establishing the first carbon dioxide (CO2) transcitical regional supermarket training center.

Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, a leading supplier of high-efficiency refrigeration systems and services in the food retail and cold storage industries, is collaborating with the Green Cooling Initiative of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, funded by the International Climate Initiaitve (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), to establish the first carbon dioxide (CO2) transcitical regional supermarket training center in East Africa. This supports Carrier Commercial Refrigeration’s focus on expanding the cold chain, which can help improve health outcomes and reduce hunger, food insecurity and carbon emissions. Carrier Commercial Refrigeration is part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions. GIZ is owned by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and provides services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education.

 Carrier Commercial Refrigeration signed an agreement with GIZ to establish a CO2 transcritical regional supermarket training center in Nairobi, Kenya, and conduct trainings for African trainers and technicians in Kenya, Germany and online. The center will serve as a hub for innovation, education and industry advancement in cold chain solutions. A signing ceremony was held at the World Cold Chain Symposium on Oct. 21 in Nairobi.

  “At Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, we take great pride in our role as an industry leader in commercial refrigeration solutions and we are pleased to partner with GIZ to further decarbonization around the globe,” said Marcus Eisenhuth, Vice President & General Manager of Carrier Commercial Refrigeration. “This center will provide comprehensive training using state-of-the-art CO2 technology, equipping professionals with the critical skills needed to optimize their cold chain operations.”

Carrier Commercial Refigeration is a leading supplier of high-efficiency refrigeration, heating and cooling systems and services for the industrial market. With more than 20,000 CO2 systems in operation, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration has pioneered the use of CO2 refrigeration and continue to lead the market’s technological advancements. 

 “Setting up the first regional CO2 transcritical supermarket training center in Kenya and providing trainings in cooperation with the local Kenyan partners and Carrier, is an important cornerstone toward the promotion of Green Cooling in Africa and for preparing for the implementation of the Kigali Amendment and the Paris Agreement,” said Philipp Denzinger, project manager of GIZ Proklima.

This innovative initiative further underscores Carrier’s ongoing commitment to advance efficient and sustainable cooling solutions in emerging markets. In August, Carrier Transicold signed an agreement with the Telangana State Trade Promotion Corporation to advance cold chain development and training in India, and, in 2022, Carrier Transicold agreed to develop a cold chain center in Kigali, Rwanda and a world-class Transport Training Centre in Accra, Ghana.

These collaborations are aligned with Carrier’s 2030 Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) goals to reduce its customers’ carbon footprint by more than one gigaton and to positively impact communities by alleviating hunger and food waste.

About Carrier Commercial Refrigeration
Carrier Commercial Refrigeration (CCR) is a leading supplier of high-efficiency turnkey refrigeration systems and services in the food retail and cold storage industries. CCR offers a diverse range of products to keep stores cool, energy costs low and products attractively displayed for maximized sales, as well as comprehensive service and support to ensure optimum performance and a centralized remote management monitoring network. Carrier Commercial Refrigeration is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions that matter for people and our planet for generations to come. For more information, visit Carrier-Refrigeration.com or follow @SmartColdChain on Twitter.

About the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federal enterprise with worldwide operations. It supports the German Government in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. It is also engaged in education activities around the globe. GIZ assists people and societies in shaping their future and improving their living conditions. GIZ Proklima is a global programme that is promoting Green Cooling globally under the Montreal Protocol and the Paris Agreement. The Green Cooling Initiative is a global initiative, funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV).

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Tower announces the ‘Evolution’ of the pharmaceutical cold chain

Enabling pharmaceutical shipments for products that need to be kept between -60°C to +20°C with an industry-standard runtime of 120 hours without the need of electricity during transit.

The latest innovation from Tower Cold Chain, a pioneer in passive temperature-controlled containers, offers pharmaceutical manufacturers, airlines and 3PL providers a single solution compatible with U.S. and E.U. pallets – with an ultra-lightweight design.

The Evolution 1600 Tower Universal Pallet, unveiled at CPHI Barcelona 2023, is perfectly adapted to universal shipping needs, meeting industry standards for a truly pan-global container. As such, it gives the pharmaceutical and life sciences markets unparalleled levels of efficiency and versatility in their cold chain operations.

Enabling pharmaceutical shipments for products that need to be kept between -60°C to +20°C with an industry-standard runtime of 120 hours without the need of electricity or manual intervention during transit, Tower has used its extensive experience of cold chain container design to find the optimum balance between size, weight and volumetric efficiency.

“The Evolution 1600 Tower Universal Pallet has been developed in response to the challenges faced in transporting large volumes of pharmaceuticals and life science products around the world.  We were inspired to innovate an efficient solution that was not hindered by size, weight, plate or pallet configurations,” says Martin Hawes, Global Head of Product Development at Tower Cold Chain.

“The Evolution 1600 sets new standards for the cold chain industry, offering the same robust, reliable and reusable benefits, but with added flexibility, weight efficiency and space utilisation.”

Each Evolution 1600 is a quarter of the size of a PMC pallet, allowing four containers to be transported per pallet. By analysing data from hundreds of thousands of journeys, Tower has reduced the amount of phase-change materials required to maintain a consistent internal temperature – resulting in significant weight savings and more space for product to be packed.

User convenience is assured throughout. Removable plates enable flexible and sustainable conditioning, with the option to add dry ice for ultra-cold shipments. The Evolution 1600 is designed with double-door access for improved accessibility and safety during loading and unloading.

Customers continue to get the benefits associated with Tower products: a robust design for product protection, reliable temperature control of up to 120 hours, and a reusable system that means the Evolution 1600 can be shipped around the world, hundreds of times – for a substantially reduced carbon footprint versus single-use and heavier alternatives.

With built in data logging technology to provide real-time updates of internal temperature monitoring, the Evolution 1600 is part of Tower’s digital transformation journey to enhance and streamline customer’s access to data visualisation, analysis, and shipping details.

The introduction of the Evolution 1600 coincides with Tower’s international global hub network expansion, bolstering customers’ availability of its robust, reliable, and reusable cold storage solutions. With its latest facilities opening in Switzerland, Italy, and Ireland as well as the launch of its American Centre of Excellence, Tower remains committed to advancing the standard for cold chain logistics on a global scale.

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Kuehne+Nagel’s Healthcare Air Logistics network receives IATA CEIV Pharma Re-Certification

Reassuring customers that temperature-sensitive healthcare products will be transported to the highest standards.

Kuehne+Nagel recently completed its third consecutive IATA CEIV Pharma certification of its entire air logistics healthcare network. This important milestone also positions Kuehne+Nagel as the first logistics company to achieve over 100 CEIV Pharma-certified stations.

IATA created CEIV Pharma alongside aviation industry stakeholders and regulators to address the industry’s need for safer, secured, compliant and efficient pharmaceutical product handling in the air cargo supply chain. The re-certification reinforces Kuehne+Nagel’s commitment to quality and its ability to meet the highest compliance and regulatory requirements via the world’s largest CEIV Pharma-certified network currently covering 66 countries across all seven continents.

Harsha Ranasinghe, SVP Global Head of Air Logistics Products & Services at Kuehne+Nagel comments: “In 2017, Kuehne+Nagel became the first to attain CEIV Pharma certification for its healthcare air network. Since then, we continue to collaborate with IATA to drive superior quality and compliance by setting new standards for pharmaceutical handling excellence within air freight.”

Kuehne+Nagel’s dedicated healthcare solutions for Air Logistics are part of the company’s global healthcare portfolio including multimodal transport options and contract logistics. Earlier this year, Kuehne+Nagel announced its Roadmap 2026, of which healthcare is a key growth area.

“Kuehne+Nagel achieving CEIV Pharma certification for its HealthChain certified healthcare Air Logistics network is a significant milestone. It not only gives its customers assurance that their time and temperature-sensitive healthcare products will be transported to the highest standards, but also elevates global supply chain standards. As the pharmaceutical sector expands, both IATA and Kuehne+Nagel are committed to meeting the industry’s need for safety, security and efficiency in the transportation of pharmaceutical products,” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.

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Sovereign Speed enters cool sector

Diversifies into the temperature-controlled transport sector with the acquisition of a Cool Liner trailer from Krone.

Sovereign Speed, the independent and neutral logistics provider, who operates an express scheduled ground network exclusively for transport and logistics companies, has diversified into the temperature-controlled transport sector with the acquisition of a high specification multi-temp’ Cool Liner trailer from Krone.

Formed in 1998 and headquartered in Hamburg Germany, Sovereign Speed is renowned as a ‘high-speed’ freight mover and operates from 7 countries with over 100 overnight connections throughout the UK & Europe, using a range of express handling services for general and time-sensitive freight.

The Cool Liner is equipped to carry most perishable goods, and says Sovereign, is suitable for pharmaceutical products. Accordingly, the high volume ‘Mega’ fridge trailer comes with twin evaporators and Krone’s KSC Pro-plus telematics system.

“Real time monitoring and precise temperature control is vital for the correct handling of all temperature sensitive products, especially pharmaceuticals – a sector which we are now able to serve,” says Ellis Blackham, Business Development Manager. “With Krone’s telematics, we have remote real-time information regarding the load temperature, at every stage of the journey.”

Plus, Ellis explains, the telematics system monitors and records general data such as door openings, brake status, fridge fuel level and coupling status – which enables immediate corrective action if needed. 

“This sophisticated level of performance control allows us to guarantee efficient load protection for customers throughout the cold chain.”

With an internal clearance of 2.8m and designed for ferry operation, the Cool Liner has a 980 mm fifth wheel height, for 4m EU operation and couples to tractors with a 1150mm ride height for the UK. A two-tonne capacity, retractable tail lift is also fitted.

“This flexibility means we can service routes anywhere in the UK, Ireland and Europe,” says Ellis. “We now run a dedicated Ireland service and operate within T2 transit procedures (whereby goods maintain EU customs status) and where needed, can connect from key airports with 16 Sovereign Speed stations in Europe, including Ireland and the Nordic states.”

Sustainability is also a key consideration for Sovereign Speed, and the ‘environmentally aware’ manufacturing processes employed by Krone, fit well with the company’s own carbon-neutral strategy.

“We pursue an ongoing sustainability programme,” explains Ellis. ‘Our Way to Zero’ is a long-term corporate strategy aimed at achieving zero emissions logistics and we are conscious of the contribution that manufacturer suppliers can make. In this regard, we have always been impressed by Krone’s use of energy-efficient manufacturing and sustainable technology.”

A nod in this direction adds Ellis, is the option to retrofit a roof-mounted solar power system for keeping the batteries charged when the trailer is disconnected from the tractor.  

“This is our first venture into the temperature-controlled sector,” says Ellis Blackham, “but we also use a number of other Krone trailers for ambient work.  Their team is expert when it comes to recommending the right equipment for the job and in our view, their trailer technology is second to none.”

Sovereign Speed UK is based in Slough, UK. The Sovereign Group operates 500 vehicle units, employs 850 people and uses approximately 50,000 sqm of handling and storage space. The company also provides air cargo handling, airport terminal logistics with mobile acceptance X-Ray checks and customs clearance.

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Cool Logistics Events dates announced for 2024

CoolTech and Cool Logistics venues disclosed

Cool Logistics Resources have announced dates and venues for their 2024 events.

CoolTech, a Cool Logistics event, will take place on 18-19 June 2024 at the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam. 

Cool Logistics, the 16th event in the series, will be held from 17-19 September 2024 at The Casino, Dunkirk.

More details on both events will be revealed over the forthcoming months.   Interested parties should contact Alan@coollogisticsconference.com for further information. 

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Thermo King to offer advanced trailer connectivity solution enabled by ZF Technology

Delivering comprehensive trailer connectivity solution combining refrigeration unit’s and trailer data within one telematics platform leveraging ZF’s advanced SCALAR Fleet Orchestration technology

Thermo King TracKing™ platform will enable customers to benefit from a complete insight into the refrigerated trailer’s data including Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Thermo King refrigeration units.

Thermo King®, a leader in transport temperature control solutions and a brand of Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), announced that they have entered a long-term supply agreement with ZF Commercial Vehicle Solutions, a leading systems supplier to the road transportation industry. As a result of the agreement, Thermo King will combine its expertise in transport refrigeration with ZF’s trailer system data to offer a comprehensive telematics solution covering the complete refrigerated trailer data within one platform.

“By partnering with market leaders and experts in their fields, Thermo King creates unique value propositions for our customers,” said Isil Dedeoglu, vice president for services and aftermarket at Thermo King Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “The collaboration with a key industry player like ZF will allow Thermo King to become a one-stop solution provider for customers looking to maximise their operational efficiency by digitizing their trailer fleet. This cooperation will give our customers even easier and deeper insight into their fleets and the information they need to further improve their uptime and reliability.”

“We are delighted, Thermo King is using ZF technology to further strengthen its offerings to its customers,” said Hjalmar Van Raemdonck, Head of Digital Systems Solutions with ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions division. “For ZF, trusted industry collaborations, including the one with Thermo King, help create unique scalable value for a broader range of customers and are essential to ZF’s strategy with regards to SCALAR, our fleet orchestration platform.”

The new offering will enable customers to remotely monitor both Dry and Refrigerated fleets operating Thermo King refrigeration units and access all integrated trailer data through the Thermo King TracKing™ platform.

Thermo King will use ZF’s new SCALAR Fleet Orchestration Platform, throughout its trailer telematic solutions, to import data from ZF and all other makes of trailer-EBS systems and tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). This new feature will allow Thermo King TracKing™ customers to leverage multi-brand EBS, odometer, axle-load and TPMS data and further optimise their trailers’ uptime, maintenance and fuel efficiency. With easy access to comprehensive information about the status of their refrigerated trailers via TracKing™ customers will be able to act and react to operate more efficiently, avoid unscheduled downtime, reduce fuel consumption and create more sustainable transport.

This new digital solution will also support fleets in complying with the Regulation No 141 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UN/ECE), which requires all new registered trailers to be equipped with TPMS from July 2024.


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Highlights and Takeaways from Cool Logistics Genoa

Our 15th event marking a significant milestone in the development of bringing together notable and challenging speakers in the cold chain , facilitating networking and bringing out thoughts in an innovative environment.

“Good things come in small packages”

It was a pleasure for me (Alan Robertson) to lead the Cool team in Genoa this year at Cool Logistics event – our 15th anniversary – celebrating and challenging all matters cool. This was a significant event for us :-

· A first time that Cool Logistics had held an event in Italy and as part of |Genoa Shipping Week , and including Columbus Day

· Our 15th event marking a significant milestone in the development of bringing together notable and challenging speakers in the cold chain , facilitating networking and bringing out thoughts in an innovative environment.

· Delighted to host a visit from Annika Kroon representing the EU as Head of Maritime

· Celebrate the 90th anniversary of BIC and to be fascinated by a presentation at our gala event which they kindly sponsored by a presenter who knew and worked with Malcolm Maclean widely recognised as the founder of containerisation

When the event was planned deliberately we aimed to focus on some new thoughts and new presentations. Indeed we placed innovation at key points in our agenda. There were so many high points as a result of our planning :-

· Cool logistics globally depends on achieving and delivering on a widescale understanding of compliance and successful “handshakes” between partners in the chain – at the event we explored what that means in compliance and operationally for the world of Pharmaceuticals where at the extreme edge of shipment of vaccines and live human products . There were some lessons for all in those presentations.

· Meaningful sustainability and measurement of that was an important presentation and highlighted how,why,where and what it means for all of us involved in cool logistics given that this is a broad industry often criticised for perhaps not being sutainable enough.

· Keynote presentations on the forecast outlook for cool logistics and the wider reefer market developments and the implications for asset utilisation and supply were delivered from three different standpoints and the debate that followed was a pleasure to chair – it was great to have this panel with us in Genoa.

It was great to announce next years events in Rotterdam and Dunkirk as face to face events and we have begun work on those and also on online ideas in particular looking forward to where cool logistics may be at by 2038 – our 30th anniversary

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