Products and Services - Reefer Fleet

Reefer Fleet

Our containers at your disposal

CMA CGM group owns a large fleet of reefer containers designed to transport perishable goods in a temperature-controlled environment. The fleet comprises 20' and 40', as well as the 33 pallet wide 45' containers.
The technical characteristics of our reefer containers are set out below.

Good control extends shelf-life

CMA CGM group has a wide range of reefer containers and different systems for controlling the atmosphere, the temperature and the humidity, depending on the type of merchandise you wish to transport.

  • Controlling the atmosphere : Modifying the nature of the air in the container (specifically CO2 and O2 levels) significantly slows down the ripening process of fresh produce and lengthens the storage period. We offer a variety of options to achieve this with the EVERFRESH, TRANSFRESH and AFAM + systems.
  • Controlling the temperature : Certain products (ice-cream and fish) require extremely low temperatures of down to -35°C. The technology in our Magnum containers is ideal for this application. A highly accurate process is cold treatment where certain products (mainly fruit) are kept at a low temperature for a predetermined, uninterrupted period to eliminate parasites (insects, etc)..

    Some products, such as tomatoes or potatoes, require changes in temperature during the voyage, which is where the multi-temperatures system comes in. Several temperatures can be programmed in at the start for one voyage.

  • Controlling humidity : Numerous products require a reduced level of humidity, which is why all our reefers are equipped with a system that can lower the humidity by between 55% and 95% as required.

Technical Solutions

  • Cold Treatment : A very precise process using several probes, cold treatment is used for some products (mainly fruit) and is applied directly into the container after packing to eliminate certain parasites. It is achieved by maintaining the goods at a low temperature for a predetermined, uninterrupted period, and avoids having to fumigate or use pesticides. The treatment meets the phytosanitary standards of many countries.
  • MAGNUM : The MAGNUM system is capable of generating extremely low temperatures down to -35°C (notably for ice-cream and frozen fish).
  • AFAM+ : The AFAM+ system accurately controls the level of CO2 in a container and is ideally suited for certain fruits and vegetables such as avocados, grapes and broccoli.
  • TRANSFRESH : The TRANSFRESH system accurately controls CO2 and O2 levels, and is ideally suited to fruits that are very sensitive to increases in gases, such as mangoes and blueberries. It differs from the EVERFRESH system in that it involves an injection of gases at the start of the voyage.
  • EVERFRESH : The EVERFRESH system accurately controls CO2 and O2 levels, and is ideally suited to fruits that are very sensitive to increases in gases, such as mangoes and blueberries. There is no initial injection of gas with this system as it generates the required quantities itself.
  • Very sensitive cargoes : The nature of some products requires extra special precautions during transportation, as is the case with pharmaceutical products. Before packing, each container undergoes a 48-hour test to make sure the refrigeration and warming up phases are functioning properly.
    An extra probe is inserted into the middle of the cargo and plugged directly into the container's data-logger. This allows accurate measurements of the product's temperature to be taken in relation to the ambient temperature of the container. Lastly, a special VSC Monitoring procedure is implemented on board the vessel to compensate for any possible incident.
  • Multi-temperature system : This system allows you to select several temperatures during a voyage for products that call for a variation. For example, some potato varieties require the temperature to be gradually lowered during the voyage to prevent them spoiling, while the tomato needs a gradual rise in temperature if it is to reach maturity on delivery. Up to six different temperatures can be programmed for one voyage.

Continuous monitoring

  • Modem : Every reefer in the CMA CGM group fleet has a modem which means it is in permanent contact with the ship's bridge. If there is any problem, an alarm signal immediately alerts the bridge ensuring a rapid response.
  • GPS/GSM transmitter : Although they are under constant surveillance and their temperature is being monitored several times a day, some cargo categories require special attention, as is the case with pharmaceutical products. With our equipment we are able to fit a GPS/GSM that transmits information 24 hours a day to a control center on land. In this way we can monitor conditions inside the container, as well as tracking its position.

Containers adapted to intermodal

  • Gensets : To guarantee that the "cold chain" remains intact throughout their journey, CMA CGM group reefers need a permanent supply of electricity. On board they are plugged into the vessel's supply and on the quay into that of the terminal. Those going by road (rail or truck) are equipped with portable generators called gensets.
  • Containers 45' and 33 Pallet Wide : CMA CGM group has 300 containers of the 45' Pallet Wide type adapted to multi-modal transportation, allowing the largest number of pallets to be loaded.

Preservation Guide

Guide to optimum storage conditions for merchandise : You will find below a comprehensive but not exhaustive list of the various products transported, as well as the parameters and recommended settings for each: temperature, volume of replacement air, etc.

Produce storage guide