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Mark-It concludes reefer monitoring deal with APL

by John Fossey

Lakehurst based Mark-It Services has expanded its reefer management services into the marine terminal sector by concluding a contract with APL Terminals. Currently, the deal is confined to APL's Global Gateway Central Terminal in Oakland, northern California, which is where pilot trials took place last year.

At present 300 of Mark-It's WAM-D wireless devices are in use, with APL building up its inventory of the devices to 550 units. It is possible that the system will then be rolled out to APL's other terminals on the US west coast which are located in Dutch Harbor (Alaska), Seattle and Los Angeles. According to Mark-It's Sean Maguire, the company's WAM-D wireless technology allows APL to monitor remotely all aspects of a reefer container's condition - temperature, humidity, etc - while it is in the terminal.

He elaborated: 'Every 15 minutes reports are communicated to the office computer but should an exceptional incidents take place between these intervals then an alarm is triggered.' The WAM device fits neatly into the external data port on the reefer container which means it can easily be fitted by general dock workers.It also means that a terminal operator can reduce the number of reefer monitoring crews employed while reducing the incidents of injury associated with such crews climbing ladders and/or clambering into reefer racks to manually check the equipment.

While the arrangement with APL is its first in the marine terminal sector, the company has more than 17 years of proven experience in monitoring reefer containers moved throughout NorthAmerica's rail network. The company works with all of the 'Class 1' railroads, including CN Rail, BNSF andthe Union Pacific and offers a full range of integrated monitoring, inspection and repair services to the industry. Maguire estimated that its control extended to between 6,000 and 7,000 loads a month.

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