Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 5,750 refrigerated containers (reefers) of the latest generation, comprising 5,000 40 ft units and 750 20 ft models.
In addition, 1,000 of the new containers are equipped with “controlled atmosphere” technology, which allows various types of fruits and vegetables to be transported for longer periods of time while maintaining a consistent quality.
As well as temperature sensitive goods including fruits, vegetables, meat and fish, the German carrier transports other high-value products in reefer containers, such as pharmaceuticals.
Plans call for the new refrigerated containers to be delivered from October 2016 and to be gradually integrated into the existing container fleet.
The new order accompanies the delivery of five new 10,500 teu vessels, which Hapag-Lloyd ordered last April, to incrementally go to sea between South America and Europe beginning in late 2016.
Each of these ships boasts an especially high reefer capacity of more than 2,100 units.
Anthony J. Firmin, chief operating officer at Hapag-Lloyd, stated: “With the newly ordered reefers, we will be able to continue offering state-of-the-art equipment to our customers while at the same time optimizing the efficiency of our container fleet.”
“In this way, we are especially optimally equipped for the South America traffic, which is important in the reefer business,” he added.
Hapag-Lloyd is currently testing a new generation of refrigeration equipment with reefer manufacturer Carrier Traniscold.
These use the eco-friendly natural refrigerant carbon dioxide and, in the long run, could replace the chemical refrigerants now standard in the sector.