The 14,800 new reefer containers will add to the 30,000 reefers acquired in 2015, lowering the average age of Maersk Line’s reefer fleet to 7.9 years, below the industry average of 12 years according to Drewry.
Maersk Line has the world’s largest reefer fleet of more than 270,000 containers.
The new reefers feature built-in Remote Container Management (RCM) technology, a key component Maersk Line’s plans to offer its customers enhanced supply chain visibility in 2017.
“We continue to invest and modernize our reefer fleet to include the latest technologies in supply chain visibility and cargo care. With the new equipment we will offer even stronger products across the reefer portfolio – enhancing transparency and care to our customers’ perishable products across Maersk Line’s extensive network,” said Shereen Zarkani, head of reefer management at Maersk Line.
“Reefer visibility only makes sense if applied to the entire fleet. So with more than 270,000 reefers in operation it has been a massive undertaking to get to where we are today,” she said.
“Since we launched RCM in 2015 we matured our internal processes and gained operational experience in handling the data. We have now entered the next stage and will be ready to offer this enhanced data visibility to our customers in the coming year.”