Reefer containers and technologies

cma cgm Reefer containers

With over 385,000 TEU, CMA CGM owns the second largest fleet of Reefer containers in the world. Designed for the transport of perishable goods in a temperature controlled environment, these containers come in different sizes and are equipped with the latest technologies.


Our Reefer equipment

The CMA CGM Reefer fleet is composed of 20’, 40'High Cube and 45’containers (32/33 Pallet Wide) allowing the transport of goods at temperatures ranging from -35°C and below to +25°C. With an average age of seven years, the Reefer fleet is one of the youngest in the industry.

2nd largest Reefer carrier

288,000Reefer plugs

385,000Reefer containers in fleet (TEUs)

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Warning : all technical data given for these containers are non-contractual data. They do reflect the majority of our container fleet but are non-exhaustive and given as examples. As such, the group cannot always ensure the availability of containers with the subsequent specifications. For further information, please contact our logistic department at CMA CGM Head Office, or our Agent in your country.

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20' Reefer container

Internal Dimensions

20'RF
20'x8'x8'6"
Length 5.456 mm
Width 2.294 mm
Height 2.273 mm

Door Opening

20'RF
20'x8'x8'6"
Width 2.290 mm
Height 2.264 mm

Weight

20'RF
20'x8'x8'6"
Max Gross Weight 30.480kg
Average Tare 3.010 kg
Maximum Payload 27.470 kg

Capacity

20'RF
20'x8'x8'6"
Nominal 28,6 CU.M
Usable under load line 27,3 CU.M
Height usable for cargo 2.158 mm

40' high cube Reefer container

Internal Dimensions

40'RH
40'x8'x9'6"
Length 11.584 mm
Width 2.294 mm
Height 2.557 mm

Door Opening

40'RH
40'x8'x9'6"
Width 2.290 mm
Height 2.569 mm

Weight

40'RH
40'x8'x9'6"
Max Gross Weight 34.000 kg
Average Tare 4.740 kg
Maximum Payload 29.260 kg

Capacity

40'RH
40'x8'x9'6"
Nominal 68 CU.M
Usable under load line 65,3 CU.M
Height usable for cargo 2.394 mm

45' palletwide Reefer container

Internal Dimensions

45'RW
45'x255x9'6"
Length 13.280 mm
Width 2.440 mm
Height 2.582 mm

Door Opening

45'RW
45'x255x9'6"
Width 2.440 mm
Height 2.567 mm

Weight

45'RW
45'x255x9'6"
Max Gross Weight 34.000 kg
Average Tare 6.180 kg
Maximum Payload 27.820 kg

Capacity

45'RW
45'x255x9'6"
Nominal 80,4 CU.M
Usable under load line 83,7 CU.M
Height usable for cargo 2.482 mm

How does a Reefer container work?

All CMA CGM Reefer containers are bottom air delivery units designed to distribute chilled air from the floor, via specific T-shaped decking, with the advantage of producing a consistent and uniform flow of air across the entire shipment, powerful enough to ensure a perfect air exchange with the goods.

Temperature control

  1. Frozen mode : temperature control is accurately achieved through the return air.
  2. Chilled mode : temperature control is accurately achieved through the supply air flow.

Ventilation (Air Exchange Rate)


1. Refrigeration unit
2. Boxes do not extend beyond pallet
3. Deck board spacing allows vertical airflow
4. Boxes vented for vertical airflow
5. Pallet load is secured
6. Rear doors
7. Air space above cargo
8. Airflow
9. Box vents aligned

Forced circulation of cool air prevents chilled products from ripening too quickly, ensuring a longer shelf-life and maintaining the market value.

In order to remove the unwanted gas and moisture generated by respiration (which can affect quality of the products), fresh air can be exchanged at the rate of 0 to 260 m3/hour, depending on the requirements and the kind of Reefer used.

The airflow is directly influenced by the stuffing and cargo placement in the Reefer container. This is why packing goods properly is very important.

Humidity control (Dehumidification)​

​ Humidity is a quantity of water found inside the air, very small drops of water suspended within. Humidity comes from the evaporation from the cargo itself or from the air entering the Reefer through the opened fresh air exchange system (ventilation).​ Many perishable products require a low level of humidity inside the container to maintain the highest quality until delivery. Most of our containers are equipped with a system that can lower the humidity within the range of 85% to 55%.

Learn more about cargo handling best practices in our dedicated page.


Features & technologies

Controlled temperature

fresh product

Most perishable goods require a very specific temperature to preserve their quality during transport. CMA CGM Reefer containers can control the temperature and also provide the following features:

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High freezer

fresh product

High freezer containers are ideal for products (ice-cream and frozen fish) which require extremely low temperatures (down to -40°C and below). Preserving the cold chain, this container allows the shipping of otherwise highly perishable goods anywhere in the world.

Cold Treatment

fresh product

This service involves the usage of sustained cold temperatures as a mean of insect control; rigid adherence to the specified temperatures and time periods effectively eliminates certain insect infestation, complies with quarantine requirements and offers to the customer the quickest delivery time.

Multi-temperatures

fresh product

Multi-temperatures system is used for some commodities, such as tomatoes or potatoes that may require temperature changes during the voyage (up to six different temperatures can be programmed).

The Principle of Multi-temperature is to apply different temperatures during the same voyage. Periods' settings are defined by the customer in order to obtain the right ripening for sensitive fruits.

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Controlled atmosphere

During the transport, fresh fruits and vegetables undergo different processes using oxygen (O2) and transforming into carbon dioxide (CO2) resulting in ageing and ripening.​ fresh product


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Discover the most advanced Controlled Atmosphere technology within our reefer range.


Commodities : High added value products (blueberries, asparagus, etc.), Long transit time (snow peas, melons, etc.), Organic products (grapes, bananas, etc.).


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This technology relies on respiration of the fruit naturally changing the gas balance inside the container. By monitoring constantly the atmosphere inside the container, the unit assures the preset gas balance.​


Commodities : Banana, avocado, mango, etc.


Containers adapted to intermodal

In addition to its maritime offer, CMA CGM provides its customers with a comprehensive door-to-door service and tailor-made inland solutions (rail, road and river) for seamless continental connections.

Visit our dedicated pages to learn more about CMA CGM inland solutions.

Gensets

 To guarantee that the “cold chain” remains intact throughout the journey, CMA CGM Reefer containers 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 Euro Pallet Wide

 CMA CGM has 45’ Pallet Wide and 33 Euro Pallet Wide Reefer Containers adapted to multi-modal transportation, allowing a largest number of pallets to be loaded.


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CMA CGM Reefer

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