Ocean Network Express has expanded its fleet of refrigerated containers with an order for 14,000, state of the art, advanced generation units.
The order, comprising 13,000 40 ft boxes and 1,000 20 ft units, also includes the addition of 2,100 reefers fitted with ‘controlled atmosphere’ technology.
The technology enhances the effective shelf life of fruits and vegetables by significantly slowing down produce respiration and ripening rates to maximize cargo value on delivery, according to ONE.
The Singapore-based line, launched in April from the container operations of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Line and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, has not disclosed the value of the order.
Chief executive Jeremy Nixon said the new investment would enable ONE to further broaden its market position whilst investing in the latest technologies to meet future customer demand.
“As one of the top reefer carriers in the world, we will continue to strive in order to find new and innovative solutions to enhance cargo care during transit thereby ensuring superior service value," he added.
“The future journey of ONE in the reefer market will be an exciting one to follow."
ONE said the new refrigerated containers had been delivered and integrated into its existing fleet starting from end July to early August - just in time to capture peak season reefer demand from Southern Hemisphere markets.
Source: Lloyd’s Loading List