HAPAG-Lloyd announced it had ordered 11,100 new reefer containers to be integrated into the company’s existing fleet of 91,000 reefer containers.
Reefer delivery is expected to start in August and be complete by December, and production of the new containers has already begun with the first series of 40-foot containers.
Hapag-Lloyd director reefer products Clemens Holz said the company’s reefer business attracted positive feedback from customers.
“We see increasing demand from clients to transport temperature-sensitive goods,” he said.
“To benefit from additional opportunities in this attractive market segment, we have decided to increase our reefer fleet.”
Two thousand of the new containers are equipped with “Controlled Atmosphere” – a technology used to slow down the ripening process and to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.
Hapag-Lloyd director, container engineering and maintenance Frank Nachbar said: “The new reefer containers undergo intensive tests before they are made available for our customers to transport their valuable freight.”