To meet the demands of a growing market, the CMA CGM Group has acquired more than 7,000 last generation ‘high cube’ 40 ft reefer containers, including 6,000 low-consumption engines.
With a total reefer fleet of 185,000 teu, the French shipping company has been increasing its reefer volume by 13% per year and is ranked second, carrying 850,000 teu in the refrigerated cargo market which is growing by 6.5%.
The Group has three conditions for its reefer investments – they must offer a 60% lower carbon footprint than first generation reefers; they must allow precise control of the cold chain and they must optimise atmosphere control, operating a phytosanitary cold treatment needed for perishable goods to significantly lengthen their shelf life.
Alexis Michel, senior vice president logistics and reefer, said: “These investments strengthen CMA CGM’s leader’s position in reefer transport which will become the most important vehicle of sensitive goods transport in the following years to come.”
The company also aims to transport one million 20 ft reefer containers before 2015, shipping fruit, vegetables, frozen food, wine, flowers and pharmaceutical products.