Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Klinge Corporation Completes Training for New Australian Military Reefer Containers

Replacement of Obsolete Equipment Now Proceeds
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – Refrigerated container builders Klinge Corporation have completed the final part of a $10 million contract with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with the completion of two training courses for the introduction into service of 185 new 20’ and 10’ refrigerated container systems. Known as “fridges” to the ADF cook/operators and maintainers, these new pieces of equipment were first contracted in September 2007.

The training represents the culmination of a long process which included stringent military Acceptance Testing and intensive training programs which had to be completed prior to allowing the refrigerated container systems to be distributed to their respective locations around the country.

A total of 23 members Australia Army Catering Corps and 1 member of the Royal Australian Air Force attended the operators’ training course hosted by the ADF School of Catering at the Army Logistics Training Centre (ALTC) in Bonegilla, just outside of Wodonga in the Australian state of Victoria. Klinge Production and Service Supervisor Tony Strine led the training with the assistance of Senior Project Manager Allan Klinge. Commonwealth of Australia Project Manager Colin Davidson was also on hand, as were representatives from the training staff at ALTC.

Given that the in-service refrigeration equipment dates back to the 1960’s, the operators were excited about the new equipment. Mr. Klinge noted of the systems that: “The Australian Defence Force and Klinge Corp have worked hard and long together to ensure these systems could be understood and serviced by the operators in a simple and straightforward way in order to ensure minimal downtime during critical combat operations. I think the training proves this was a very successful cooperation.”

In addition to the operators course system maintainer training also took place near Wodonga, at the Electrical and Electronic Systems Wing of ALTC located in Bandiana.

Following the completion of training, Klinge Corp and the Commonwealth of Australia will complete a series of close-out tasks to finish the current contract production run. Options for purchase of further quantities of this equipment extend through 2013.

The ADF chose Klinge Corps. specialist military designs as they offer a more robust alternative to standard mass-produced refrigerated containers which often cannot meet the requirements of harsh environments or stringent testing.

(pic: ADF personnel training on the new containers)