The Ocean Network Express (ONE) company has announced the expansion of its reefer container fleet capacity with the addition of 5,000 units (40 "HC), including 200 units equipped with advanced controlled atmosphere technology (AC), to meet the growing demand for refrigerated cargo worldwide. "With this new investment, ONE demonstrates its firm commitment to meet the growing demand for trade in reefer containers," the company stated.
In 2019, the global volume of refrigerated containers grew by more than 7%, driven in part by the increase in the expansion of the middle class in Asia that is constantly demanding healthy food options.
Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the prospect of refrigerated container transport continues to be strong in 2020 and ONE expects it will continue to grow in the remaining months of the year.
ONE is currently working on the application of the latest IO technology in its refrigerated container fleet. This technology allows checking critical information and key indicators, such as temperature and humidity inside the container, in real-time, thus improving the perishables transport value chain.
"As one of the world's leading reefer container carriers, ONE is continually investing in new reefer containers to meet the growing demand for perishable cargo worldwide. We are committed to providing our customers with the most up-to-date refrigerated containers so that they can ship their perishable products and expand to new markets around the world," stated Jun Shibata, Senior Vice President of Strategic Performance Management.
ONE's global refrigerated strategy is developed by the Global Refrigerated Business Planning (GRBP) team, based at ONE's headquarters in Singapore, which carries out the company's shipping and global refrigerated business through close monitoring of market demand and collaborating with regional reefer container management boards located in different parts of the world.