Harsh, Russian winters prove no match for Thermo King container reefer
Belgium (October 28, 2008) - There are not many, if any, environments harsher than Russia's winters. It's not uncommon to experience -35 degree C temperatures, and the blowing winds create wind chill temperatures that simply cannot be imagined by most. But even in these extreme temperatures, Thermo King's MAGNUM® container refrigeration unit performs like no other reefer on the market.
FESCO Transport Group, the number one shipping line in Russia, was looking for a reefer unit that could withstand the extreme environmental conditions of trans-Russian rail routes. Utilizing eight MAGNUM units, Dalreftrans, a reefer intermodal operating company of FESCO's Transport group, conducted a 12-month trial during 2007. Hauling all types of commodities - from frozen to chilled - FESCO's Dalreftrans put the MAGNUM reefers to the ultimate test.
"No doubt, traveling from the West to the East of Russia during the coldest months of the year can be challenging on equipment and people," said Sergey Proskuryakov, FESCO's Dalreftrans deputy general director logistic. "We chose MAGNUM for the job because we had heard about its performance records, its capabilities, and its quality construction. Needless to say, the MAGNUM did not disappoint us."
Following the successful trial, FESCO ordered 250 MAGNUM units in early 2008, all of which are now in service throughout the Trans-Siberian or BAM Railway in Russia. Long reputed for its industry-leading -35 degree C cooling capability, the MAGNUM impressed FESCO most with its fresh product performance. "When traveling through such extreme cold temperatures, it wouldn't take long for a fresh-chilled product load to be lost if the unit malfunctioned," said Proskuryakov. "The MAGNUM was built to endure - from its paint, to its scroll compressor technology, to its overall construction.
"Plus, we benefit from faster pull-down, less energy consumption, and a reduced carbon footprint. These are factors that will help us compete, grow and excel as a shipping company."
FESCO, also known as the Far Eastern Shipping Company, has been doing all of those things for more than 125 years. The company's goal has always been to provide customers with the fastest transit times and most knowledgeable customer service team in the trade, all backed by high quality operations and the best and most modern equipment available today.
Its container fleet includes 20-foot and 40-foot dry, 20-foot and 40-foot high cube refrigerated, and 20-foot and 40-foot flat racks and open tops, as well as out-of-gauge roll-on/roll-off and break bulk cargoes. Due to the diverse climates FESCO's Dalreftrans refrigerated container fleet endures, reefers are equipped with a two-tiered alarms system, which ensures no interruption in the temperature during transit, according to the Dalreftrans website (www.dalreftrans.ru).
The MAGNUM provides maximum cooling capacity across all temperature ranges, adjustable fresh air exchange and electric defrosting and heating. "We are proud to offer the most technologically-advanced equipment - like MAGNUM - to our customers, and we monitor all aspects of our shipments to ensure a top-quality product is delivered," concluded Proskuryakov.
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. For more information on Thermo King's products and services please visit www.thermoking.com.
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. Further information on Ingersoll Rand can be found on the company's website at www.irco.com.
Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries.
Bram Robichez, Thermo King Corporation
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