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More mangoes from Maersk

[ September 12, 2014   //   ]

A recent test in Ivory Coast shows that West Africa’s mango trade can be extended by special containers that place the fruit in hibernation, says Maersk Container Industry. Star Cool containers were upgraded to work with controlled atmosphere for the trade from the Ivory Coast, operated by Africa Express Line (AEL). Star Cool CA reefers adjust O2 and CO2 levels, which in turn keep the fruit’s respiration and ripening under control. Normally, the mango season only lasts for 4-6 weeks in April and May, but five Star Cool CA containers loaded in May 2014 and then opened one by one over a period of four to nine weeks. Each time, the fruit generally turned out to be in the same condition as when it was loaded.