Maersk Refrigeration Containers Find New Use in Storing Archeological Artifacts

Maersk Refrigeration Containers Find New Use in Storing Archeological Artifacts 
TINGLEV, Denmark, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - High-tech refrigeration containers 
from Maersk Container Industry have found a new and unconventional use: on the 
spot conservation of fragile archeological artifacts. 
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MCI's Star Cool reefers are deployed in Lübeck, Germany, where a unique and 
ancient wooden structure came to light during new housing construction. A 
rescue excavation on theUNESCO world heritage site revealed a wooden storage 
cellar from 1180. Among the crops once stored in the cellar were apparently 
hops and cereals that could provide insight into medieval German beer 
Yet, conservation of the cellar is difficult. Artifacts of this kind will 
decay and disintegrate if they during relocation are exposed to radically 
different temperature and humidity. 
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"Star Cool was chosen because of its extremely precise temperature and 
atmospheric control. Such precision is a must if you want to preserve 
sensitive cultural assets like wet organic structures," says conservator 
Maruchi Yoshida who is associated with the Fraunhofer-Institute for Building 
Physics and Leibniz-Gemeinschaft to manage the reefer container project, ARCHe. 
Normally, Maersk reefers with the so-called CA and AV+ technologies are used 
to transport sensitive cargos like bananas, vegetables, fish and meat around 
the globe. Now, the ARCHe pilot test may yield new business perspectives. 
"We are looking at a business plan for a company that on short notice can 
provide conservation services and reefers upon sudden discovery of new 
archeological sites", says Maruchi Yoshida. "Such a company would benefit both 
urban developers and cultural heritage care offices, but above all the society 
to whom the cultural heritage belongs." 
Facts:With headquarters in Denmark, Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is a 
separate business unit in the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group, manufacturing dry 
and reefer containers for the global market. In 2012, MCI's revenue 
wasUSD1.1bn (2011:USD1.2bn); profit wasUSD60m (2011:USD69m). 
In 2012, MCI's return on invested capital (ROIC), excluding one-offs, was 
highest in the Maersk Group at 27.7% (2011: 33.1%). With a new factory in 
Chile,MCIwill soon have more than 8000 employees in China, Chile and 
Press: For further information contact: Erik Hogh-Sorensen, spokesman,  head 
of communication,, Mobile phone: +45-51-41-84-10, Fixed 
line: +45-73-64-34-00 
SOURCE: Maersk Container Industry 
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