Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE) will expand its refrigerated container fleet with 6,500 new reefers, including 500 units equipped with advanced Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology.

ONE believes this latest addition to its reefer fleet will assist in meeting the demand for containerised reefer trade, which is expected to continue to grow in 2022.

The Asian container line said these new units will have waterborne paint applied instead of traditional solvent-borne paint, in an effort to protect the environment, as the use of solvent-borne paint releases volatile organic compounds (VOC) which can pollute the environment and cause smog that impacts air quality and visibility.

“The use of water-borne paint will help to reduce VOC emissions by 80-90%, yet it retains a similar quality to solvent-borne paint in terms of durability and anti-corrosion capabilities,” noted the company.

ONE added it is currently working towards the application of the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technology into its fleet of reefer containers which provides real-time visibility of critical information such as the temperature and humidity inside the container, thereby enhancing cargo care during the entire voyage.

“We maintain one of the largest and youngest reefer fleets in the world, equipped with the most advanced technologies designed to handle perishable cargo demand,” pointed out Hiroki Tsujii, managing director of marketing & commercial at ONE.


By Antonis Karamalegkos