Crowley Logistics recently added 300 new refrigerated (reefer) cargo containers to its equipment fleet in time for the peak perishables shipping season.
The company says adding units, which all are 40-foot high cubes built to Crowley’s standards, demonstrates its focus on offering customers the most reliable and efficient equipment in the market. The units feature wireless asset monitoring, which provides continuous monitoring as the reefers transit from origin to destination, at sea and over land, to ensure the cold chain is maintained the entire time goods are moving.
“The acquisition of these containers is part of our continued commitment to maintain the best conditioned equipment for our customers and in the right quantities to meet their needs during peak season and throughout the rest of the year,” said Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager at Crowley. “We have a staff of experts that continuously evaluates our fleet and its ability to meet customer needs.
“If we see there is opportunity for enhancements, we make investments to ensure we have the right equipment available at the right time.”
Crowley’s equipment, combined with grower and farm services such as load planning and equipment sanitation, make it a trusted partner for refrigerated shippers, the company claimed. Crowley provides in-transit services, including location and temperature monitoring, and ensures quality and dependable arrival through services like customs clearance, fumigation options, refrigerated storage and last-mile deliveries.
The reefer containers will be received in Santo Tomas, Guatemala, to accommodate Central America’s heavy northbound reefer season, which runs through May 2020. The new containers are equipped with Carrier’s high efficiency PrimeLINE refrigeration units, incorporating several changes that boost efficiency and reliability.
Crowley says it has invested more than $150 million in new cargo equipment since 2014, and it currently operates more than 51,500 pieces of owned and leased intermodal equipment in the US, Central America and Caribbean.