he Pharma Logistics IQ’s Pharma Sea Freight Working Group final report, issued in December 2016, noted that the main requirement for transporting pharmaceuticals by sea is the availability of reefer boxes where they are needed, not a foregone conclusion. The report also recommended the use of integrated temperature tracking devices to receive early warning of problems as well as additional passive solutions within the reefers to protect against malfunctions.
Ocean carriers including Maersk, CMA CGM, and Zim have added to their reefer fleets in recent months. Zim ordered 1,900 40-foot high-cube refrigerated containers in late 2015 and introduced its ZIMonitor products, which includes access to a team of cold chain experts. Maersk Line added 14,800 new reefers in 2016 and 30,000 in 2015 to the world’s largest reefer fleet of more than 270,000 containers. The average age of Maersk Line’s reefer fleet is now less than eight years, significantly below the industry average of 12-years as recently reported by Drewry.
Maersk’s new reefers feature built-in Remote Container Management (RCM) technology, which turns each reefer into a digitally connected device and provides enhanced visibility to cargo across Maersk Line’s reefer fleet. The StarConomy reefer control software designed by Maersk Container Industry (MCI) supports reefer container operators by allowing them to maintain precise temperature control inside the reefer.
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