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Keeping your refrigerated or frozen cargo fresh

Cutting-edge Technology

Our world-leading fleet features cutting-edge cooling and dehumidification technology, including Controlled Atmosphere (CA) and vent settings to ensure airflow. We carry out a thorough pre-tip inspection (PTI), then monitor shipments regularly throughout their journey.

 

Did you know?  MSC carried more than 1.9 million TEU of reefer cargo in 2020. 

Powered by strong partnerships
Collaboration is critical in cold chains logistics, so we work closely with our customers to keep temperature-controlled cargo fresh from pick-up to delivery. Based on your specific needs, we create tailor-made solutions that combine our strong road, rail and barge network with our weekly and regular shipping services.
Caring for people and the planet
We believe that cold chains and cooling technology can make a dramatic difference in enhancing the supply of quality food and reducing food loss around the world. We also invest heavily in the latest green technology, systems and processes to help achieve cleaner seas, land and cargo. The average age of our reefer containers is under seven years old, and we use two of the best-performing and most energy efficient units in the world: the Transicold PrimeLINE "R-513A ready" and the Transicold NaturaLine.
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Our Reefer Containers

We offer a choice of container sizes and models, using the latest technology to ensure both efficiency and sustainability. Our experts can advise you on the best option for your cargo, depending on the type and volume of goods you are shipping.
Reefer container

20' Reefer steel container - 22 r1

Internal dimensions

Length
Wide
Height

Door

Wide
Height

Note: Inside height is to maxi storage height.

  • Cubic Capacity

  • Maximum Payload

  • Tare Weight

  • Maximum Gross

Reefer container

40' high cube reefer steel container - 45 r1

Internal dimensions

Length
Wide
Height

Door

Wide
Height

Note: Inside height is to maxi storage height.

  • Cubic Capacity

  • Maximum Payload

  • Tare Weight

  • Maximum Gross

All of our containers include
  • Temperature, ventilation and humidity controls
  • 18m power cable
  • Sealable drain holes to release condensation when necessary
  • Maximum load line to allow air circulation

Models

NaturaLINE
Featuring ground-breaking natural refrigerated technology, this highly energy-efficient container uses CO2 instead of conventional synthetic refrigerants to keep all types of refrigerated cargo cool.
PrimeLINE
Ideal for transporting deep-frozen cargo, this energy-efficient reefer container is fitted with a vapour-injection system to deliver more cooling capacity
Star Cool CA
These units feature Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology to regulate CO2 and oxygen levels, keeping fresh produce in perfect condition – even during very long journeys.

Discover the ideal conditions for transporting different types of refrigerated cargo

Keeping refrigerated cargo fresh depends not only on the temperature inside the container, but also humidity control and fresh-air circulation. Different cargoes require different conditions; for example, blueberries are usually carried at -1°C, while bananas can remain fresh at 12-13.5°C. To learn more about the recommended conditions for specific cargo, download our reefer cargo stuffing guide. 

Temperature Each product has an optimum storage temperature which is the ideal condition for transportation. Generally, this is the coolest temperature a product can withstand before chilling or freeze injury occurs.  

Chilling injury Physiological damage can occur to tropical and subtropical products which have been exposed to low but non-freezing temperatures. The most common example is the browning of banana skins. Often the damage only becomes visible when the product is returned to ‘room temperature’.

Freeze injury Products that can withstand cold temperatures can still become damaged when they reach freezing point. This occurs when the cellular structure of the product is ruptured by the expansion of water during the freezing process. It can cause products to appear water-soaked with damaged structures.

Humidity Humidity levels play a crucial role in achieving the optimum condition for cargo during transit. MSC’s world-leading reefer fleet features cutting-edge dehumidification technology, helping to protect fresh produce from shrivelling or excessive water loss. Please note that the services we provide can only reduce humidity; we cannot increase humidity levels within the container. 

Ventilation Ventilation protects chilled commodities from damage caused by a build-up of carbon dioxide and ethylene. If too much carbon dioxide accumulates inside the container, the internal tissues of products such as pears and apples may become discoloured. Ethylene is a hormone produced by all fruits, vegetables and flowers. Although it is necessary for the ripening process of fruit, it can damage other cargo such as green vegetables. MSC’s reefer units are fitted with vents to allow fresh air to circulate freely, without letting in too much moisture. 

Keeping your refrigerated cargo in top condition

All temperature-sensitive products need extra care during transportation. From collection to the warehouse, to pre-treatment handling and packaging through distribution, every step requires great attention to detail. With over 1,000 reefer experts around the world, MSC has the know-how and equipment to keep your refrigerated cargo in perfect condition, without compromising its freshness, firmness, texture, colour, flavour, size or chemical balance.

Packing refrigerated cargo

To keep your cargo in the best possible condition throughout its journey, simply follow the steps bellow.

Temperature Each product has an optimum storage temperature which is the ideal condition for transportation. Generally, this is the coolest temperature a product can withstand before chilling or freeze injury occurs.  

Chilling injury Physiological damage can occur to tropical and subtropical products which have been exposed to low but non-freezing temperatures. The most common example is the browning of banana skins. Often the damage only becomes visible when the product is returned to ‘room temperature’.

Freeze injury Products that can withstand cold temperatures can still become damaged when they reach freezing point. This occurs when the cellular structure of the product is ruptured by the expansion of water during the freezing process. It can cause products to appear water-soaked with damaged structures.

Humidity Humidity levels play a crucial role in achieving the optimum condition for cargo during transit. MSC’s world-leading reefer fleet features cutting-edge dehumidification technology, helping to protect fresh produce from shrivelling or excessive water loss. Please note that the services we provide can only reduce humidity; we cannot increase humidity levels within the container. 

Ventilation Ventilation protects chilled commodities from damage caused by a build-up of carbon dioxide and ethylene. If too much carbon dioxide accumulates inside the container, the internal tissues of products such as pears and apples may become discoloured. Ethylene is a hormone produced by all fruits, vegetables and flowers. Although it is necessary for the ripening process of fruit, it can damage other cargo such as green vegetables. MSC’s reefer units are fitted with vents to allow fresh air to circulate freely, without letting in too much moisture. 

The perfect temperature for your goods

Ahead of transportation, pre-cool your goods to achieve optimal temperature levels before loading them into a container. This will reduce the impact of outside temperatures on your valuable products while they are on the move. It's important to note that there is currently no technology available to prevent or reverse the ageing of perishable goods, but our reefer technology helps to slow down this process and maximise the shelf life of your cargo.
To learn more about the recommended conditions for specific cargo, download our reefer cargo stuffing guide.

Other useful reefer information:

Follow these simple steps to maximise the shelf life of your cargo

Packing your reefer container correctly helps protect your cargo and keep it in the best possible condition throughout its journey. It’s particularly important to allow air to flow freely around and between products to maintain a consistent temperature. The best way to load your cargo depends on the type of commodity and the packaging you are using. 

Your reefer-shipping checklist

  • Load cargo up to the edge of the T-floor, to ensure an even flow of air around the container.
  • When there is not enough cargo to fill the entire T-floor, we recommend using a filler or dunnage to cover the vacant area. This can also be used to cover the centre panel between pallets where there is empty space.
  • As an exception, appropriately pre-cooled frozen cargo can be loaded as per the third image, but appropriate bracing would be required.
  • When using palletised stowage, we recommend that the last cargo loaded into the container should be covered to encourage airflow through the cargo and prevent air from escaping through the open space around the boxes.
  • Never load cargo beyond the red load line of the container or the end of the T-floor.

Keeping your frozen cargo in top condition

Making sure that your frozen cargo arrives at its destination in pristine condition is an exacting process. With years of experience in transporting frozen cargoes all over the world, MSC has a deep knowledge of recommended commodity conditions, loading procedures and local port facilities. We’re here to make the process of shipping your frozen goods as simple and efficient as possible. 

Temperature Each product has an optimum storage temperature which is the ideal condition for transportation. Generally, this is the coolest temperature a product can withstand before chilling or freeze injury occurs.  

Chilling injury Physiological damage can occur to tropical and subtropical products which have been exposed to low but non-freezing temperatures. The most common example is the browning of banana skins. Often the damage only becomes visible when the product is returned to ‘room temperature’.

Freeze injury Products that can withstand cold temperatures can still become damaged when they reach freezing point. This occurs when the cellular structure of the product is ruptured by the expansion of water during the freezing process. It can cause products to appear water-soaked with damaged structures.

Humidity Humidity levels play a crucial role in achieving the optimum condition for cargo during transit. MSC’s world-leading reefer fleet features cutting-edge dehumidification technology, helping to protect fresh produce from shrivelling or excessive water loss. Please note that the services we provide can only reduce humidity; we cannot increase humidity levels within the container. 

Ventilation Ventilation protects chilled commodities from damage caused by a build-up of carbon dioxide and ethylene. If too much carbon dioxide accumulates inside the container, the internal tissues of products such as pears and apples may become discoloured. Ethylene is a hormone produced by all fruits, vegetables and flowers. Although it is necessary for the ripening process of fruit, it can damage other cargo such as green vegetables. MSC’s reefer units are fitted with vents to allow fresh air to circulate freely, without letting in too much moisture.