Hapag-Lloyd, whose containers are used to ship food and other cargo around the world, is investing in 3,700 refrigerated units, 1,000 of which have environmentally friendly refrigeration systems.
One thousand will also have controlled-atmosphere capabilities specifically for fresh produce.
The Maersk Container Industry Star Cool Integrated containers are being built in Maersk facilities in China and Chile.
“Working together with (Maersk Container), we have been able to refine (controlled-atmosphere) technology to offer our ExtraFresh Plus service,” said Niklas Ohling, senior director at Hapag-Lloyd, in a news release. “This service enables even extremely sensitive fruit such as blueberries and lychees to be transported to the desired level of quality and degree of ripeness.”
The new containers allows the company to expand the market reach of fresh fruits and vegetables. Saren Leth Johannsen, chief commercial officer At Maersk Container, in the release.