ZIM invests in door sensor technology for reefers

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ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (ZIM) has ordered 1,000 Star Cool reefers with Sekstant door sensors from Maersk Container Industry (MCI).

The company is also retrofitting a similar number of its existing Star Cool reefers.

The move comes as part of ZIM’s ongoing collaboration with MCI to upgrade its ZIMonitor reefer fleet and support the growth of temperature-controlled cargo.

The Sekstant Door sensor is a wireless door opening surveillance system that has been co-developed by ZIM.

The solution creates the tracking and data needed to deliver ZIM’s commercial reefer tracking product, ZIMonitor.

The Sekstant door sensor is an add-on that provides even more information to the digital fleet management system, according to MCI.

Thanks to the door-monitoring technology, all door events are registered in the Sekstant cloud and are visible in the Sekstant user interface.

The wireless sensor connects to the reefer controller and door events are captured while the reefer is powered off, making it possible to document if a door event has deviated from the planned timeline, and trigger an alert.

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The digital ecosystem enables access to real-time reefer information, monitoring, reporting, and seamless fleet management from anywhere in the world.

The door sensor data is finally consolidated with the remaining reefer control data including time stamp and GPS coordinates.

The solution comes as a factory-mounted option or can be retrofitted on every Sekstant-equipped reefer.

Part of ZIM’s fleet also includes Star Cool CA to cater to ZIM’s controlled atmosphere shipments.

The new Star Cool CA reefers entered ZIM’s container fleet during March 2023.

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“We are committed to providing the highest level of service and reliability to our customers, and our investment in the Sekstant gateways and door sensors for our Star Cool reefers is just one example of that commitment,” said Gil Lehmann, Head of Global Logistics and Equipment at ZIM.

“With the Sekstant solution, we can better track and monitor our reefer fleet, and provide our customers with real-time information about their cargo, ensuring the safe and timely delivery of their products,” Lehmann added.

Earlier this year, ZIM and HAI AN Transport and Stevedoring Joint-stock Company (HATS) announced a new joint venture to provide domestic shipping services in Vietnam.

More recently, ZIM launched its second and third 15,000 TEU LNG-powered vessels, adding to a series of 10 vessels joining its fleet.

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