NYK buys 4,700 new reefer containers

Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has ordered 4,700 additional new 40-foot refrigerated containers, including 600 Controlled Atmosphere (CA) containers.

The advanced technology of these CA units ensures the freshness of perishable agricultural products, such as fruits and vegetables during long ocean transits. The CA technology regulates not only the temperature within the reefer unit but also the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.

These 600 CA units will be used mainly for the transportation of fruits from Latin America to Japan and other countries in the Asian region, and then for the export of Japanese vegetables, which are garnering more attention these days.

The deliveries of the new reefer boxes have commenced in November.

NYK had procured 5,500 of the same type of containers last year, and the average age of the company’s fleet of over 40,000 reefer containers has now fallen to four years.

“The demand for transportation by refrigerated containers is expected to expand at a solid pace in line with a strategy of economic growth by the Japanese government. The NYK group will continue to proactively invest in its high-quality, competitive service in this growing field,” NYK stated.

Posted 01 December 2016

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Lee Hong Liang

Asia Correspondent

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