Arkas Shipping and Transport Adds PrimeLINE® Refrigeration Units from Carrier

Nov 2, 2011

SYRACUSE, N.Y., United States

An unwavering commitment to the environment led Turkish shipping line Arkas Shipping and Transport S.A. to recently acquire 1,800 40-foot containers equipped with the Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE® unit, a refrigeration system that leads the industry in energy efficiency. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).


A business unit of Arkas Holding Company, Arkas Shipping and Transport’s environmental commitment is so strong that it would consider nothing less than the PrimeLINE unit with its recent acquisition, which doubled the size of its refrigerated container fleet, according to Friksos S. Rothman, assistant manager – Reefer Container Technical Services, Arkas Holding’s Ardep Customs and Warehousing S.A. Arkas Line offers regular container shipping between ports in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean with a fleet of 27 container vessels.

“Arkas contributes to the protection of the environment by making well-directed choices. From that perspective, Carrier’s PrimeLINE was our only choice – a better-performing unit that results in lower emissions related to shipboard power generation,” Rothman said.

The PrimeLINE unit’s exceptional efficiency – thanks in part to its efficient digital scroll compressor – also enables Arkas to fit more reefer containers onto fleet vessels and in terminals without requiring infrastructure upgrades, according to Rothman.

“We are pleased that Arkas has been able to further enhance its environmental profile through the acquisition of these PrimeLINE units, which are expected to save enough energy over their operating lifetime to eliminate more than 62,000 tons of carbon emissions relative to industry average,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold. “That’s equivalent to removing nearly 900 cars from the road over the same period.”

While the environmental and operational benefits of reduced power consumption were the primary reasons behind Arkas’ selection, the PrimeLINE unit’s exceptional pulldown and ability to dehumidify down to 50 percent were key decision drivers, Rothman said.

 “The PrimeLINE unit represents a continuation of Carrier Transicold’s commitment to incorporating sustainability into its product portfolio, giving customers such as Arkas, opportunities to increase quality while lowering carbon emissions and operating costs,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems.

The PrimeLINE unit offers best-in-class pulldown among all container refrigeration units, as well as best deep-frozen capability among those that use R-134a, the non-ozone depleting refrigerant with the lowest global warming potential of all contemporary container refrigerants. No other container refrigeration unit provides dehumidification capability lower than the PrimeLINE unit, and none can achieve 50 percent relative humidity as efficiently.

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About Carrier Transicold
Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated and commercial transport. For more than 40 years, Carrier Transicold has been the industry leader, providing customers around the world with container refrigeration units, generator sets and global aftermarket service and parts. Its truck / trailer business offers a complete range of the industry's leading direct-drive and diesel-drive truck units as well as the most advanced trailer refrigeration systems available today. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit for more information.

About Arkas
Encompassing 52 companies and over 5,645 employees, Arkas Holding, based in Izmir, Turkey, offers a wide range of services from land, air and sea, including international container shipping and port operations. Arkas today has 33 offices in 15 countries. Arkas Shipping and Transport constitutes the core of the group of businesses, providing transport services in the Black Sea, Mediterranean and beyond. As a pioneer of the maritime transportation sector, Arkas strives to exceed shippers’ expectations from the vantage of time, safety and cost, renewing itself in response to ever-changing conditions.

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