(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Logistics has added 400 new refrigerated (reefer) cargo containers to its equipment fleet just in time for the peak perishables shipping season beginning in Central America.
The additional units, all 40 feet long, have wireless asset monitoring technology, which will provide continuous monitoring of the equipment as it transits from origin to destination, both at sea and over land, to ensure the cold chain is maintained the entire time goods are in transit, regardless of shipment size.
“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, Crowley Logistics. “We have a staff of experts that continuously evaluates our fleet and its ability to meet customer needs. If we see there is room for improvement, we make investments to ensure we have the right equipment available at the right time.”
The reefer containers were received in Santo Tomas, Guatemala, last week directly from the manufacturing facility to accommodate the country’s heavy northbound reefer season, which continues through May 2019. These reefers will also be distributed throughout rest of Crowley’s regional service lanes, as needed. The new containers are equipped with Carrier’s high efficiency PrimeLINE refrigeration units, incorporating several changes to help boost efficiency and reliability even further.
Since 2003, Crowley has invested over $250 million in new cargo equipment for its fleet. Today, the company operates more than 53,000 pieces of owned and leased intermodal equipment, including more than 19,500 chassis, 23,000 dry containers and 5,200 refrigerated containers – all of which come in a variety of sizes and are strategically located throughout the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean.