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Hapag-Lloyd refrigerated containers can maintain a constant temperature between –35°C / –31°F and 30°C/ 86°F. Even with outside temperatures up to 50°C / 122°F, the refrigerated container technology allows you to keep your cargo fresh and deliver the best quality to the destination. You will find the temperature guideline for your product under temperature-controlled cargo (Reefer Brochure, page 12ff).
With some fruit, such as bananas, the slightest temperature deviations are decisive for the quality of the cargo when it reaches its final destination. Therefore, precise temperatures have the highest technical priority for us. With transportation temperatures above –10°C /14°F, the refrigerated container technology allows the reduction of the maximum variation to 0.5 degrees. For freezer mode below –10°C /14°F, the refrigerated container technology allows the reduction of the maximum variation to one degree only.
For controlled atmosphere we provide technologies such as AFAM+, eAutofresh, Transfresh, Maxtend or PurFresh. The interior atmosphere is controlled so that ripening of fruit and flowers can be delayed. Spoiling and mould are suppressed. Hapag-Lloyd uses a range of technologies. We have the best solution ready for each and every cargo. You will find further information under Controlled Atmosphere.
For certain goods, such as fresh fruit or ferns, a precisely controlled ventilation system contributes decisively to quality assurance. In Hapag-Lloyd refrigerated containers up to 280m3 of fresh air per hour can be automatically supplied. The ventilation flaps can be opened with up to a 72-hour time delay, an important advantage when the cargo is not sufficiently cooled in advance.
Apart from temperature our reefers can also reduce the relative humidity when set values lie between 65% and 95%. For bulbs Hapag-Lloyd reefers have a special 'bulb mode’ which automatically provides an optimal atmosphere for transportation.
Our refrigerated containers can be programmed in advance for automatic temperature change up to eight times during one voyage. This means sensitive cargo can be gently cooled in stages or the ripening process for fruit can be started before arriving at the destination
To protect our environment Hapag-Lloyd continually carries out research into better solutions with great success. We have reduced average energy consumption by more than 50% in the last eight years without making compromises on temperature control, but at the same time improving performance. This reduces your product’s carbon footprint. Naturally, all coolant used in our reefers is CFC-free.
All data relevant to quality, such as temperature, humidity, CO2 content and fresh air supplied, are recorded and can be made available if required. With current technologies, Hapag-Lloyd has also successfully carried out tracking and tracing trials. For tracking and tracing trial shipments, the location and temperature of the refrigerated container can be made available to the customers along the transport chain. Pre-Trip Inspections (PTI) are executed prior to every transport in order to grant highest security and minimized risk.
Use of the most modern materials and refrigeration units ensure lower weight for our refrigerated containers and higher payload capacity. With Hapag-Lloyd reefers, customers profit from the highest capacities available, on average 100 to 200 kilograms more, compared to others in the field.
High value, sensitive reefer cargo, from the pharmaceutical, chemical or healthcare industries requires particularly careful handling by an especially reliable partner. Here we offer not only our modern equipment and our extensive experience, but also special internal processes that give extra protection to your high value cargo.