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Thursday, July 4, 2019 

Hapag-Lloyd has placed a record order for refrigerated containers (reefers). Production of 970 20-foot containers and 12,450 40-foot containers is scheduled to commence this July.

Delivery of the refrigerated containers, which have traditionally been white as opposed to Hapag-Lloyd’s orange standard containers, is set for November 2019 – in time for reefer season, i.e. the start of the harvest season in countries in the southern hemisphere. The containers will primarily be used for fruits and vegetables – such as blueberries, cherries and avocados from Chile, Peru and elsewhere – but also fish and meat products. Hapag-Lloyd reefers are used worldwide to transport goods that are sensitive to high temperatures, such as pharmaceuticals and blood plasma.

“With this new order, we will be expanding our transport capacities for our customers. They will now have at their disposal over 100,000 state-of-the-art refrigerated containers with a total capacity of 210,000 TEU, some of which will be equipped with the latest Controlled Atmosphere technology, which slows the ripening process during transport, thereby extending the shelf life of fruit and vegetables”, said Niklas Ohling, Senior Director Container Steering, Hapag-Lloyd. The production of the reefer containers will also be the starting signal for the resulting customer products will be marketed under the name Hapag-Lloyd LIVE. Features will include real-time GPS positioning, information on the temperature inside the container, and systems for notifications and alarm management.

“In recent years, we have continuously invested in the expansion and modernisation of the reefer fleet. We have consolidated our leading position in this market segment and can offer our customers outstanding quality in the transport of temperature-sensitive goods on all trades routes,” Ohling added.

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