Maersk Line has ordered 14,800 reefer containers in 2016, giving them the world’s largest fleet of more than 270,000. This investment is driving the average age of its reefer container fleet down to 7.9 years, which is well below the industry average.
While part of the reefers replace older equipment, the investment will expand the reefer fleet and cater for Maersk Line’s future growth in the reefer segment. All reefers feature built-in Remote Container Management (RCM) technology – a key component in Maersk Line’s plans to offer its customers enhanced supply chain visibility in 2017.
Shereen Zarkani, Head of Reefer Management at Maersk Line, said: “We continue to invest and modernize our reefer fleet to include the latest technologies in supply chain visibility and cargo care. With the new equipment we will offer even stronger products across the reefer portfolio – enhancing transparency and care to our customers’ perishable products across Maersk Line’s extensive network.”
RCM technology turns each reefer into a digitally connected device and provides enhanced visibility and care to cargo across Maersk Line’s entire reefer fleet.
Zarkani said: “Reefer visibility only makes sense if applied to the entire fleet… Since we launched RCM in 2015 we matured our internal processes and gained operational experience in handling the data. We have now entered the next stage and will be ready to offer this enhanced data visibility to our customers in the coming year.”