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UASC owns and operates a fleet of 54 ships, including 9 x 13,500 TEU vessels that were delivered during the early part of 2012. “Linking the Middle East to the World” UASC achieves efficiency and savings by deploying Star Cool reefers with AV+ Providing chilled products to the Middle East is a growing trade, and the international shipping service provider UASC is ready to go for it. “Since 2008, there has been a steady investment in refrigerated containers as a result of our commitment to maintain a high-quality service with reliability and customer satisfaction. We want to ensure that UASC continues to expand its reach and deliver on its promises,” says Michael Callus, vice president of container operations at UASC. MCI’s Star Cool fits well into the business strategy The energy performance of UASC’s current Star Cool fleet yields energy savings of up to $1.7 million annually, compared with the industry standard. In addition, there are vast amounts of carbon emission reductions. “We have taken a considerable amount of Star Cool units in proportion to our total requirements as we realize the importance of energy efficiency. Reducing cost is one step to secure profitability, which is one of our missions,” Callus says. “As it happens, both the unit and the MCI box fit well with another of our missions to promote safety, security and environmental protection both at sea and ashore. “ The MCI Mark Q box has been built with Supotec® foam, which does not harm the atmosphere’s protective ozone layer. This means UASC can eventually dispose of its reefer containers legally, in accordance with European Union legislation. Now, AV+ takes UASC a step further UASC has fitted the majority of its Star Cool units with the CO2 controlled fresh-air ventilation system AV+. This system ensures correct ventilation based on continuous monitoring of CO2 levels in the container as the cargo respires. UASC also wants to offer shippers of perishable cargoes the benefit of this accurate ventilation. Currently, joint efforts are underway with UASC key offices, to find ways to get shippers to also include a maximum CO2 setting, along with the usual fixed “cubic meter/hour” fresh-air vent setting. “These energy savings and corresponding carbon emissions reductions are important outcomes of UASC’s progressive purchase strategy,” says Michael Callus. ■ United Arab Shipping Company, UASC was formed in 1976 by the Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Kuwait, State of Qatar, Republic of Iraq and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company is headquartered in Kuwait, with corporate offices in the UAE and has a vast liner service network covering most trades. By being a fast, secure, reliable and efficient shipping service provider, UASC strives to achieve its vision of “Linking the Middle East to the World”. ■