Hapag-Lloyd will increase its reefer fleet to over 100,000 after announcing an order of 11,100 state-of-the-art reefer containers.
The German container line, the fifth biggest in the world, has purchased 30,550 reefers since 2015 in its efforts to provide an efficient service during peak times.
The first series of 40 new reefers are already in production and will be delivered in August, with all of them arriving by December 2018.
They will be equipped with ‘Controlled Atmosphere’, a technology designed to slow down the ripening process and extend the shelf-life of fruit and vegetables, and use cooling units that retain precise temperature performance while using less energy than previous reefers.
Speaking about the new reefers, Clemens Holz, Director of Global Reefer Management at Hapag-Lloyd, said: “We experience very positive feedback from our clients on our ability to deliver consistent quality services in the reefer business.
“Furthermore, we see increasing demand from clients to transport temperature-sensitive goods. To benefit from additional opportunities in this attractive market segment, we have decided to increase our reefer fleet”
Frank Nachbar, Director Container Engineering and Maintenance at Hapag-Lloyd, commented: “The new reefer containers undergo intensive tests before they are made available for our customers to transport their valuable freight.”