08 February 2018

Reefer Container Shipping Line Claims it Has Liquid Freight in the Bag  

New Technique to Transport Fluids Gives Box Alternative to Break Bulk Cargo

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Shipping News Feature FRANCE – GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – CMA CGM has launched an alternative to break bulk for the transportation of liquids which it says optimally preserves the product's properties. Unveiling its new product at this year's edition of Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Germany, the French container shipping line introduced REEFLEX, which CMA CGM says greatly enhances the transportation of liquids with the help of its design and unique technology, guaranteeing a healthy and safe way of moving liquid cargo within standard reefer containers.

Developed in partnership with Teconja, a German shipping company with expertise in liquid freight, and Liqua, an expert in packaging solutions for the transportation of liquids, REEFLEX allows for the transportation of liquids such as juices, milk, compotes, syrup and all kind of oils, in a single bag with a capacity ranging from 12,000 to 24,000 litres. Available for fitting in Reefer containers of 40 feet, REEFLEX is installed in just 3 minutes. With an external pumping system, the bag can be filled and emptied in 35 minutes thanks to its adapted design. CMA CGM says that REEFLEX represents an ideal alternative to break bulk and should allow exporters and importers to carry their goods by containers.

REEFLEX helps maintain the product’s nutritional and chemical properties with the help of a sterile environment and controlled temperatures precisely maintained between -35°C and +20°C. Each single-use bag, which is entirely recyclable, is produced based on the needs of customers and meets the highest level of hygienic and safety constraints. Its system allows to fill up and empty the bag without someone being present in the container during these operations. Speaking at the launch of REEFLEX, Eric Legros, Deputy Vice President Reefer at CMA CGM, said:

“CMA CGM owns one of the largest and most modern reefer fleets in the world. A pioneer with Aquaviva, a unique solution for the transportation of lobsters and shellfish, the Group continues to innovate with the introduction of REEFLEX, a state-of-the-art technology for an optimal transportation of liquids.”

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