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Refrigerated containers protect and preserve the condition of your fresh produce and frozen foods whilst they’re in transit. Containerships has one of the largest and youngest fleet of ‘Reefer’ containers in Europe which makes us the ideal partner to transport your perishable produce and ensure it stays in the optimal environment throughout the door-to-door journey.

Freshness Delivered

The love and expertise that you put into producing your fresh goods should be reflected when they arrive on supermarket and grocery store shelves. This means you need a transport partner who can ensure they travel in optimal conditions at all times. With Containerships’ fleet of refrigerated containers your fresh cargo is in the safest hands. Our refrigerated containers are equipped with a range of features designed to ensure your fresh produce stays fresh, including :

  • High freezer containers

    High Freezer Containers

    High freezer containers are ideal for products (ice-cream and frozen fish) which require extremely low temperatures (down to -35°C). Preserving the cold chain, this container allows the shipping of otherwise highly perishable goods anywhere in the world.

  • Multi-temperature System

    Multi-temperature System

    Multi-temperature systems are 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). Period settings are defined by the customer in order to obtain the right ripening for sensitive fruits.

  • Humidity Control

    In-transit Cold Treatment

    Cold Treatment is a highly precise process where goods (usually fruits) are kept at a specific and accurate temperature for a predetermined, uninterrupted period. This treatment ensures the removal of possible parasites (fruit flies and larvae) without requiring pesticides or fumigation. Most importers are required to use Cold Treatment for regulatory reasons.

  • Humidity Control

    Humidity Control (Dehumification)

    Humidity control means dehumidification. Humidity comes from the evaporation from the cargo itself or from the air entering the Reefer through the opened fresh air exchange system (ventilation). Various products require a reduced level of humidity inside the container and our containers are capable of controlling the humidity with the range of 95% to 55%.

  • Fresh Air Ventilation

    Fresh Air Ventilation

    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.

  • Atmosphere Control

    Atmosphere Control

    Modifying the nature of the air in the container (specifically CO2 and O2 levels) significantly slows down the ripening process of fresh produce and lengthens the storage period. Containerships is able to provide various types of technologies developed by manufacturers (AFAM+, Liventus, Purfresh, Xtenfresh, Star Cool CA).

  • Our refrigerated containers are amongst the youngest in Europe.
  • We have extensive experience in this area and access to over 420,000 ‘reefer’ containers
  • Refrigerated containers can be temperature-controlled from -40°C up to +30°C

The Best Solution For You

Our Reefer fleet consists of 20-foot, 40-foot High Cube, and 45-foot 32/33 Pallet Wide containers. This gives you the opportunity to select the container that is right for you, whilst also enabling you to transport the same amount as a truck by road, rail, and sea.

Our 33 Euro pallet ‘reefers’ allow for:

Refrigerated cargo


In most cases, goods have to be pre-cooled to the required optimal temperature for transport before loading into the Reefer container.

air flow

Air Flow

Fresh air can be exchanged from outside to inside at different rates from 0 to 260m3/h (depending on the type of cargo).

Cargo Stowage

Cargo Stowage

Correct stowage will ensure proper air circulation and even temperature within the container.

Reefer Internal Dimensions

  20'RF (20’ x 8’ x 8’6”) 40’RH (40’ x 8’ 9’6”) 45’RW
(45’ x 8’ x 9’6”)
Length 5,456 mm 11,584 mm 13,280 mm
Width 2,294 mm 2,294 mm 2,440 mm
Height 2,273 mm 2,557 mm 2,582 mm

Door Opening

(20’ x 8’ x 8’6”)

(40’ x 8’ 9’6”)

(45’ x 8’ x 9’6”)


2,290 mm

2,290 mm

2,400 mm


2,264 mm

2,569 mm

2,567 mm

Weight Door Opening

(20’ x 8’ x 8’6”)

(40’ x 8’ 9’6”)

(45’ x 8’ x 9’6”)

Max Gross Weight

30,480 kg

30,480 kg

30,480 kg

Average Tare

3,010 kg

4,740 kg

6,180 kg

Maximum Payload

27,470 kg

29,260 kg

27,820 kg


(20’ x 8’ x 8’6”)

(40’ x 8’ 9’6”)

(45’ x 8’ x 9’6”)


28.6 M3

68 M3

80.4 M3

Usable under load line

27.3 M3

65.3 M3

83.7 M3

Height usable for cargo

2,158 mm

2,394 mm

2,482 mm