Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced the introduction of the world’s first trial for a dual-temperature refrigerated container featuring Controlled Atmosphere (CA) capabilities, developed in partnership with Pan Pacific International Holdings Inc. (PPIH) and NAX Japan.
This groundbreaking initiative marks the maiden voyage of a marine transportation system utilizing such advanced technology, aimed at transporting a diverse array of perishable goods and fruits from Japan to the global outlets of “Don Quijote,” Japan’s largest discount store chain under PPIH’s management.
Additionally, beyond facilitating the transportation of commodities across two distinct temperature zones, this innovative container incorporates CA functions designed to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. This enhancement promises to revolutionize the logistics landscape by offering a more efficient means of transporting goods in smaller quantities, thereby mitigating inventory risks and driving down costs, CO2 emissions, and food waste.
According to a statement, a fordable partition has been incorporated within the container, dividing it into separate temperature zones. The section adjacent to the reefer unit accommodates both chilled and frozen temperatures, ensuring cargo remains within the range of -30°C to +30°C, mirroring standard refrigerated containers.
In the other compartment, a thermal fan circulates cold air from the ceiling to maintain cargo temperatures between -5°C and +30°C. The placement of the partition can be customized according to the customer’s specifications, and when not in use, it can be stowed in the ceiling, transforming the container into a conventional refrigerated unit.