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HAMBURG: August 16, 2018. Hapag-Lloyd has placed an order for 11,100 new reefer containers for delivery starting this month and to be completed by December 2018.

Since 2015, and including the most recent order, the liner shipping company has purchased a total of 30,550 new reefers to ensure that it can offer modern equipment and sufficient seasonal availability to its customers, particularly during peak times such as harvesting seasons of fruits or vegetables.

Hapag reefers“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,” said Clemens Holz, director Reefer Products.

The production of the new reefers has already begun, with the first series of 40' containers. Some 2,000 of the new order are equipped with 'Controlled Atmosphere' – a technology used to slow down the ripening process and to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. The state-of-the-art containers will also have cooling units and thanks to optimised power control, they will also consume significantly less energy, without any change in performance and temperature precision.

"The new reefer containers undergo intensive tests before they are made available for our customers to transport their valuable freight,” added Frank Nachbar, director Container Engineering and Maintenance.

Hapag-Lloyd says the new order is also expected to help expand its footprint in the strategically important pharmaceutical market.