Ocean carrier enters reefer market

WEC Lines is entering the refrigerated container market, adding the first batch of 50 new pallet-wide refrigerated container units to its container fleet.

The carrier said the demand for reefer containers has been rising steadily across various industries, including food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare, driven by the need for reliable and secure transport.

The new 13.7 metre refrigerated containers are all equipped with a state-of-the-art (electric) cooling system to maintain precise temperature control within a range from -30ºC to +30ºC, ensuring the integrity of temperature sensitive or perishable cargo throughout the transportation process such as fruit and vegetables, fresh or processed food, pharmaceuticals and dairy products.

“With this new investment, WEC Lines is ready to meet the growing demand for refrigerated cargo within Europe,” said Managing Director WEC Lines, Caesar Luikenaar. “Adding new reefer units enables us to serve our clients with new and fresh stock and also meet the large demand for new containers and equipment availability in current markets”.

With its short sea vessels already equipped with reefer plugs and sufficient reefer slots, last month WEC Lines launched a new direct service between Agadir in Morocco and Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom as a fast and green alternative for fresh produce importers to overland trucking.

In line with WEC Lines’ commitment to bringing their ecological footprint to net-zero by 2050, all reefers are equipped with one of the lowest power consuming machines in the industry and a refrigerant with a low Global Warming Potential.

According to the projections published in Drewry’s 2023 Reefer Shipping Forecaster, container carriers will see their carryings of reefer containers rise with 4% a year between 2023-2028 as the perishables trade proves more resilient to economic downturns.

In other news, Kerry Logistics Network has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in a French international freight forwarding company.

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