Reefer Containership entering the Zeebrugge Harbor
Refrigerated containers represent a growing share of the containerized
traffic handling temperature sensitive agricultural products and seafood.
While a regular containership has several slots that can be used to
house reefers (require electric power supply for long journeys), there
are also specialized containerships designed specifically to carry reefers.
They tend to be of smaller size but able to travel at higher speeds,
thus more suitable to the nature of the product they transport as well
as the specialized markets they service. Many reefer containership
designs also carry their own cranes as many dock at small private
ports servicing only a fruit export function and thus having limited
or no intermodal equipment available.
On the above photo, a reefer containership
is entering the harbor of Zeebrugge (Belgium) where a section of the
port is specializing in receiving fruits from all over the world. Some
temperature standards are being used, such as "banana" (13
(2 oC), "frozen" (-18 C) and "deep frozen" (-29