Maersk and IAG Cargo invest in growing cool chain volumes, as shipping line looks to compete in high-end pharma market
As the general cargo market languishes, eyes are on the prize of higher-yield cool chain shipments – and carriers are investing.
Both Maersk and IAG Cargo announced today that they are expanding their cool container capabilities in a bid to capture more perishable volumes.
Maersk Line has ordered 14,800 reefers, both as part of a replacement and expansion programme. It already has more than 270,000, and will have an average fleet age of 7.9 years.
IAG Cargo is working with Va-Q-Tec to integrate passive systems as well:
IAG Cargo has signed with hi-tech insulation provider Va-Q-tec for a global container rental agreement.
The containers differ from Maersk’s reefers, in that they are passive with no electrical input, but provide six temperature ranges.
Source: The Loadstar