Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 7,700 refrigerated containers as it looks to build its reefer capacity following its merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).
Of the total, 7,000 units will be 40 ft while the remainder will measure 20 ft, with production to begin imminently.
1,000 of the new containers are equipped with Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology, which aims to slow down the ripening process of various types of fruits and vegetables.
The result, the German carrier hopes, is that the fruit can be transported for longer periods of time while maintaining a consistent quality.
For the first time, 1,000 of the new 40-foot containers will be manufactured in a plant in San Antonio, Chile, a region in which they are in high demand.
As a result, it will be possible to reduce the necessary shifting of empty containers from alternative production sites, which saves both time and money in terms of empty transports, noted a statement from the shipping line.
Anthony J. Firmin, chief operating officer (COO) at Hapag-Lloyd, said: “With these new orders, we are further expanding this position and investing in an efficient and modern fleet as well as in the expansion of our most recent product, ‘ExtraFresh Plus,’ in order to meet the needs of our customers worldwide.”
The carrier’s ‘ExtraFresh Plus’ technology aims to allow extremely sensitive fruits, such as blueberries and lychees, to be transported at the desired level of quality and degree of ripeness.