Cold Train on Track for Expansion
Rail Logistics plans to expand its Cold Train service with the addition of more refrigerated containers and new destinations.
The Cold Train launched in 2010 with express refrigerated intermodal service from the Pacific Northwest to Chicagoland, in partnership with the BNSF Railway and Washington state’s Port of Quincy to transport fresh and frozen foods and vegetables from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest.
During that first year, Cold Train shipped approximately 100 containers of perishable commodities per month. In 2011, the number of shipments grew to about 300 containers per month, and today its stands close to 400 containers each month. Company executives estimate that Cold Train will be transporting over 600 containers per month by the end of 2012.
The company is expanding its refrigerated container fleet to 300 state-of-the-art 53-foot containers (all built by Hyundai). Furthermore, Cold Train is adding service to Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New England.
“Our customers continue to trade highway miles for rail miles,” said Steve Lawson, president of Rail Logistics-Cold Train. “We are excited to provide additional capacity and service to meet the needs of our current and future customers in 2012 and beyond.”
New Orleans Cold Storage Switches to Digital Lumens
New Orleans Cold Storage, the oldest cold storage company in North America, has chosen Digital Lumens’ Intelligent Lighting System for its newest facility located at the Port of New Orleans.
The 142,000 square-foot facility is designed as a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient facility that supports New Orleans Cold Storage’s export business. For lighting, the engineering team selected the Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting System, which uses 60 percent less energy than traditional high-intensity fluorescent (HIF) industrial lighting.
“We had the opportunity to implement best practices for every aspect of this project, including lighting,” said Mark Blanchard, president and CEO of New Orleans Cold Storage. “With the Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting System, we’re able to minimize direct lighting energy use, while reducing the burden on our chiller systems because the LED high bays don’t add the heat load of traditional industrial lighting. We also have the added benefit of detailed LightRules reports that show exactly how much lighting energy is being used at any time, so we are gaining control and reducing the energy intensity of the building.”
U.S., Canada Unveil New System to Reduce Border Wait Times
Two bridges along the U.S.-Canada border have been equipped with sensor technology that will help facilitate trade flows along the northern border and reduce wait times.
The Peace Bridge, which connects Buffalo, NY to Fort Erie, Ontario and the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, which connects Lewiston, NY to Queenston, Ontario are major ports of entry, and the sensors are expected to help reduce border wait times by up to one million hours per year for both commercial carriers and the traveling public.
“This technology demonstrates significant progress on behalf of the Beyond the Border Action Plan by updating critical infrastructure at our ports and enhancement of the border-crossing experience for travelers,” said acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner David Aguilar. “This latest example of U.S.-Canadian collaboration demonstrates our nations’ partnership to ensure continued economic competitiveness.”
The sensor technology will also assist customs personnel in focusing more on security and simultaneously reduce vehicle emissions associated with delays and excessive idling.
New Cold Chain Packaging Completely Biodegradable
ThermoPod has introduced a new product, ThermoKeeper insulated box liners, that are designed for preserving cold temperatures for mail order items like meats, seafood, chocolate, cakes and pies, wine, and more.