The Refrigerated container is also known within the industry as a Reefer container.
Back in 1956, the original shipping container was initially meant for transporting dry cargo, otherwise known as general cargo.
In just a few years after its invention, the cargo container had become a huge success as it was able to reduce shipping times (by hastening the process of loading and offloading cargo) and improve space utilisation in ships and ports.
But even with all its benefits, the container had one major shortcoming; it could not be used to transport goods that were temperature sensitive.
Overcoming the shortcoming
This shortcoming forced engineers to go back to the drawing board creating the first refrigerated container (reefer) in the 60’s. And as with every new technology, the first reefers were quite rudimentary. So much that they weren’t referred to as refrigerated containers but rather as insulated containers.
The addition of cooling capabilities made the shipping container even more versatile enabling it to transport temperature sensitive cargo such as vegetables, fruits, films, pharmaceuticals, plants, meat, eggs among other products.
Currently, there are 2 types of refrigerated containers:
- Porthole containers. These insulated containers have two holes on the rear wall for ventilation; thus people also refer to them as porthole containers. From the holes, cold air is pumped into the container and warm air evacuated to keep the contents at the desired temperature. This type of container requires being connected to a reefer plant where the air is cooled before being pumped into the container. The use of this type of “reefer” is decreasing by the day as companies shift to the more advanced models.
- Integrated containers. To replace the porthole container is a more sophisticated reefer that features an integrated cooling system. This system has made the modern shipping container more “independent” making it easier to switch between different modes of transport. The newer version can be easily moved from sea to rail and vice versa without any complications.
How reefer containers work
Both types of reefers (porthole and integrated) keep the goods inside them cool by circulating cool air. Cold air is pumped at the bottom of the unit circulating over and through the items before exiting the container through another opening at the top of the unit back to the refrigeration system. As mentioned earlier, the refrigeration system of porthole containers is not integrated into the container.
To enhance air circulation inside the container for increased efficiency, the floor of a reefer is grated and the walls have a corrugated design.
Integrated reefers feature a refrigeration mechanism that is either self-powered (using fuel run gen sets) or powered by external power points on quays, ships and landing bases.
(Image Source: http://www.klingecorp.com/freezer-units/cbu-30/)
Externally, the dimensions of reefer containers are identical to those of a general purpose container. This ensures that reefers are compatible with regular ISO standards and hence don’t require any special handling equipment. But since they are insulated and could have an additional refrigeration unit, internal dimensions are smaller, and hence reefers are less roomy inside.
There’re two common reefer sizes based on their lengths: 20ft and 40ft. A high cube variant is also available for the 40ft reefer to provide extra volume to users who need more of it. The general specifications of a reefer are as follows:
|Spec/Reefer Size||20ft Container||40ft Container||40ft High Cube|
|Tare Weight (Approx.)||2,700kg||3,900kg||4,150kg|
|Gross Weight (Max)||30,500kg||30,500kg||30,500kg|
|Length||6.1m (20ft)||12.19m (40ft)||12.19m (40ft)|
Uses for refrigerated shipping containers
There’re numerous instances where shipping containers can be extremely useful for storing items that need refrigeration. While they are primarily used for shipping, these containers can also be used as portable cold rooms.
This makes them ideal for events where large amounts of food need to be kept cool or even factory needs where raw materials or products need to be chilled before processing or sale.
Portable Refrigeration for large functions
For large events where huge crowds are expected to attend, large amounts of food are required to feed them. Because of the sensitivity of food, cold refrigeration will be required onsite. This is especially necessary for warmer days such as during summer.
Reefers are the perfect solution for event refrigeration as they provide all the capabilities of a traditional cold room with the added advantage of portability. Furthermore, these units are completely independent as they have integrated gen packs and refrigeration mechanism to offer the ideal off-the-grid cold storage solution.
Reefers can be used for food storage in large events such as conferences, festivals, weddings, concerts, sports events, outdoor shows among other functions. And since it’s basically a shipping container, you can easily move it between different locations as you wish: the perfect outside catering solution!
A refrigerated container not only provides you with a cold room but also with a secure place to store your food as it is safe from vermin and theft.
Reefers for disaster relief
Although disasters are things we don’t like thinking about, a quick response is necessary when they happen in order to save lives. Refrigerated shipping containers provide an ideal solution for getting food to the affected people. The container in addition to being a transportation vessel also keeps the items inside preserved even after delivery keeping the food safe for consumption by the people who require it.
Additional factory storage
If you are running out of cold storage space to store products or raw materials at your factory, refrigerated containers can provide a cheap and fast solution. Just hire a few to complement your existing infrastructure and give them back to the owner once the need is over.
With reefers, you can expand storage to store products for anticipated demand spikes as well as store raw materials bought cheaply when the market is flooded.
Reefers are ideal for transporting perishable cargo such as fresh produce from one location to another. It’s like having a big rugged refrigerator that you can move easily to whatever location you want.
And because reefers are essentially containers with additional modifications, they are compatible with all the handling equipment used for general purpose containers, making them that much more useful.
Benefits of using refrigerated shipping containers
When used for storage needs shipping containers are beneficial in the following ways:
- Flexibility. A reefer can be kitted out in whatever way you require to make them more suitable for your storage needs. Racks and partitions can be installed if you require to store smaller items or removed when you want to store larger items. Furthermore, refrigerated containers can also be used to store goods that don’t need refrigeration making them useful even when not being used for refrigeration.
- Easy transportation. Reefers are compatible with all container handling equipment, which means that you can utilise the available infrastructure to move them around.
- Easy setup. A refrigerated shipping container is easy to set up at the site where it is required, just find flat ground, set it down, and it’s ready.
- Varied power options. The container can either be powered from the mains or using fuel depending on what is more convenient for you.
- Durability. All shipping containers, reefers included, are built to withstand the harsh conditions of the sea and rough treatment during transportation which makes them very durable.
When used to transport perishable goods, refrigerated cargo containers are beneficial in the following ways:
- Reduced handling costs. With standardised container handling equipment all over the world, your shipment will ride on existing infrastructure to keep transportation costs at a minimum.
- Easy transhipment. Just like regular containers, reefers can be moved seamlessly from one mode of transport to another without the need to offload the cargo.
- Reduced packaging expenses. Because the refrigerated container already provides adequate protection from damage, goods being transported don’t require elaborate packaging.
- Minimised risk of pilferage and damage. Shipping containers are well known for their robust and secure build. Reefers will keep your goods safe from theft, physical damage, the elements, and vermin.
What to look for in a reefer container
If you are looking for a refrigerated sea container either to hire or buy, there are a couple of things you need to keep an eye out for to ensure you get a good deal as well as a container that matches your requirements.
- Suitability for your needs. Think about the amount of space you require and what the refrigerated container will be used for. Three sizes are available 20ft, 40ft and 40ft high cube. Also, consider where the shipping container will be used in order to select the one with the appropriate power option.
- The descriptive terms used. Containers are described using labels such as “one trip” – which as the name suggests have only been used on a single trip. This is the newest kind of second-hand container you can acquire with terms such as “as-is” being used to describe old (usually much worn) containers.
- Transportation certifications. If you will be using your reefer for shipping, ensure the container you acquire has been inspected and declared seaworthy and/or cargo worthy.
- Construction materials. Ensure the container is constructed using quality materials as this will affect its durability.
- The quality of the paint job. Containers that still have their factory paint coating are the best, but repainted ones can also be as good if the paint job is done professionally. Containers described having “no shipping label” will have no company logo (or markings) and have one uniform colour.
- Weatherproofing. Inspect the container to ensure that it is completely water and windproof with proper sealing.
- The condition of the refrigeration mechanism. If the container will be used for refrigeration purposes, ensure that the refrigeration mechanism is in good condition as this is expensive to replace and failure during use would mean damage to your goods.
- Interior condition. Make sure the interior walls, floor, and roof are still in good shape and that the proper lining material is used depending on what you will be using the container for.
- Aesthetics. If the container looks quite worn and damaged from observation, it probably is, so make sure to personally inspect the container before acquiring it.
Refrigerated Shipping containers for sale and hire in Australia
Tiger containers provide both new and used reefers for sale and hire in Australia. Our reefers are:
- High quality. We ensure that our containers meet international standards by implementing very stringent quality control measures for both our new and used reefers.
- Compliant with Australian standards. All our refrigerated containers are compliant with Australian standards.
- Warranty protected. We give our customers a three-month warranty for all container purchases.
- Competitively priced. Whether you are buying or renting a shipping container from us, you can count on us to provide the best prices in the country.
Samples of our products
Here are some examples of refrigerated container orders we have fulfilled recently.
20ft to 10ft resized reefer
For this customer, we converted a 20ft refrigerated container into a 10ft chiller. We also fitted it with a quick release door with a release valve to make it easy to operate.
The chiller is designed to draw power from a 240 volt – 15 amp power source and can maintain a temperature range of between -5 and 4 degrees.
Similar chillers are available for hire or purchase and would make a perfect addition for events and businesses looking for extra chiller space.
Custom painted reefer
For this order, the customer wanted us to fit a centralised door and finish off the modification with a black coat of paint for the entire reefer. We were able to do the modifications with great success adding another satisfied customer to our books.
Fully customised cold room
Recently, a customer who had space restrictions came to us looking for a viable outdoor cool room alternative. After discussing the options, we decided to reduce the length of standard reefer to 4.8 metres so that it could fit in his allocated space.
Because the reefer would be a tight fit in the available space, opening the doors would be an issue, so we had to come up with a solution for that. We designed and installed butcher doors that open from the LHS and slide to the right allowing users access despite the confined space.
Since the container was to be used as a freezer, constantly running at -20 degrees, we needed to install a heat strip to keep the doors from freezing up; which we did.
We also installed 2 freezer lights inside to enable the customer to work inside the reefer with the door closed and finished off the job with a light grey paint job for a beautiful finish.
These are just a few examples of the kind of refrigerated container modifications we can do. Contact us for enquiries.
All About Reefer Containers
Engineers went back to the drawing board and in the 60’s came up with the first refrigerated container or reefer container. By the way, the word reefer is all encompassing and refers to containers that can either cool or freeze cargo.
The first reefers were quite rudimentary compared to current models. In fact, they were/are actually not referred to as refrigerated containers but rather as insulated containers.
The better term to use for them however is porthole containers – a name inspired by the presence of two holes on one end for ventilation. One hole brings in cold air while the other one, located above the cold one, takes out the warm air. These containers need to be connected to a central reefer plant where the air to be pumped in is cooled. The use of this kind of “reefer” has been decreasing over the years and might come to an end sometime in the future.
With time a more sophisticated reefer container was introduced. This new reefer was fitted with its own integrated cooling system which made it much easier to move between different modes of transport. The improved reefer could be moved from sea to rail to road without any complications.
(Image of a reefer: http://www.klingecorp.com/freezer-units/cbu-30/)
The reefer container is arguably the greatest modification of a shipping container to date. With its new-found cooling abilities, the shipping container could now be used to transport temperature sensitive cargo such as fruits, meat, vegetables, eggs, films, plants and pharmaceuticals.
How refers work
Reefers work by blowing cold air from the bottom of the unit to the top where it exits. The air circulates under, over and through the cargo before going back to the reefer’s integrated refrigeration unit where it is cooled and pumped back. To enhance circulation, the container’s floor is grated and the side walls “corrugated”.
(Image of the inside of a reefer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refrigerated_container )
Reefers can either be self-powered or they can rely on external power points on quay, land base or container ship. Self-powered reefers are fitted with a fuel run “gen set” that provides power for the refrigeration unit.
Reefer container dimensions
On the outside, reefer container dimensions resemble those of regular shipping containers. But because of the space consumed by the refrigeration unit and insulation, the internal dimensions are less than those of a regular container. Reefer containers come it two common lengths, 20’ and 40’. The 40’ high cube variant is the most popular as it is large enough to house the modifications and still have plenty enough room for cargo.
Reefer container dimensions are as follows:
1. 20’ reefer container
– Length: 19.84 ft. (6.05 m)
– Width: 8 ft. (2.44 m)
– Height: 8.5 ft. (2.59 m)
– Internal length: 17.9 ft. (5.44 m)
– Internal width: 7.5 ft. (2.29 m)
– Internal height: 7.5 ft. (2.27 m)
2. 40’ reefer container
– Length: 40 ft. (12.19m)
– Width: 8 ft. (2.44m)
– Height: 8.5ft (2.59m)
– Internal length: 37.9 ft. (11.56 m)
– Internal width: 7.5 ft. (2.28 m)
– Internal height: 7.4 ft. (2.25 m)
3. 40’ high cube reefer
– Length: 40 ft. (12.19 m)
– Width: 8 ft. (2.44 m)
– Height: 9.6 ft. (2.9 m)
– Internal length: 38 ft. (11.58 m)
– Internal width: 7.5 ft. (2.29 m)
– Internal height: 7.9 ft. (2.40 m)
When it comes to shipping containers, Tiger Containers has got you covered. We stock both new and used containers of all varieties and we’ll even make the modifications for you to make the container more suitable for your specific needs.
What to Look For in Refrigerated Shipping Containers
These shipping containers allow the shipment of fresh meats, produce, medicines, and a variety of other products that are temperature sensitive.
There are many instances where refrigerated shipping containers can be extremely useful. For example, at a large event the container can be used for the storage of food or other perishables. They can be used as a large walk-in cooler or to ship items across the city, across the country or overseas.
There are several factors that should be taken into consideration when one is shopping for refrigerated shipping containers. Some of the more important factors are the condition, the age and the size of the container. Here are some of the main things that you should check:
1. Determine what your needs are. Do you need a 20 foot container or a 40 foot one? The size of the container is going to depend on the quantity of items that you want to ship and the space that you have available for the container to sit in. If the container is to be transported, it will need to fit onto the truck or whatever other shipment method you will be using for transport. The larger the container, the more expensive it will be. Most containers are eight feet, six inches high or nine feet, six inches high. The standard width is eight feed but extra wide containers can be found and they can also be as long as 48 feet.
2. Do some research to satisfy yourself what kind of condition you can expect the container to be in. A used container can be one that is well used and worn or it could be fairly new (after only being used a few times). So-called “one trip” containers are generally in nearly new condition. It is common knowledge that these containers are manufactured in Asia and are used just one time for cargo before they are sold. These may sustain some surface scratching during transport but are sold as “new or “like new”.
3. Is the shipping container specifically designed for shipping? If you plan to ship items, the container that you select should be cargo-worthy, particularly if it is going to be shipped over great distances. If you need to ship items in refrigerated shipping containers overseas, they are required to have a CSC plate. These are factors that ensure the quality of the container and ensure that goods are preserved during shipment. Cargo-worthy containers have been inspected by a certified cargo survey and are deemed worthy to transport cargo overseas. The CSC plate is what allows the container to be shipped overseas. Without that certification and plate, the container cannot be shipped overseas.
4. What is the container made from? Containers that are manufactured from “corten steel” are best for locations near constant bad weather or if you are going to place them near the sea. This type of material is used in construction projects and is able to stand up to rougher weather without succumbing to rust or other types of serious damage the may make the container unusable.
5. Is there a factory paint label? If refrigerated shipping containers are newer, they will have this label. Refurbished containers can be identified by the peeling paint because they are often painted over top of rust. Factory paint means that the container is generally only painted just one time – at the time when the container was manufactured.
6. Is there a “no shipping label”? This generally means that there is not a company logo on the container. This means that the container will be painted one colour and will not have a lot of other markings.
7. Take a close look at the refrigeration system. You want to know what type of internal refrigeration system is inside the container. Internal refrigeration systems use external power supplied by a train, ship or a truck when they carry such containers. Refrigerated shipping containers can be run with diesel-powered generators that are attached to them, so if the container is going to be stored in an area that does not have proper ventilation, this may be a concern. If this is going to be a problem, the option of a refrigerated container that has a water cooling system is perfect for cooling a container down when there is no access to proper ventilation.
8. If shipping containers with refrigeration are labelled “as-is” then they are in a worn condition but are probably the most economical option available. They are generally retired by a shipping company due to damage, rust or leaks and may have several shipping labels painted onto them.
9. Make sure that the shipping container that you choose is fully sealed and does not have any cold air leaking from the interior. You want your goods to be protected from the outside elements so you need to make certain that the shipping container is going to stand up to water and to wind. If you need to ensure that containers are completely safe and secure then you need to purchase them new from a reliable container dealer.
10. How long are you going to need and use the container for? If the container is for storage of perishable products but you only need it for a specific time frame, renting shipping containers with refrigeration might be a great option. This is a good option because once your use of the container is at an end you can simply have the container removed. You won’t have to worry about selling it or otherwise disposing of it.
Many people buy shipping containers “sight unseen”. With many companies they might have something to be concerned about, but Tiger Containers has been in this business for more than thirty years. We take extreme pride in excellent customer relations and providing our customers with exactly what it is that they want. The starting point is to contact us and let us know what you need or are hoping for in a refrigerated shipping container.
Refrigerated Shipping Containers – a Cool Solution for Summer Storage
While shipping containers are primarily used to transport goods they can also be used for a variety of other puposes. These large shipping containers can be moved to your location or to any location that you need them, so if you need to cater a large event and need to bring a large amount of food and keep it cold, then this might be an excellent option for you to consider.
Large events with hundreds of people generally are catered with large amounts of food. All of that food will need to be replenished regularly and it will need to be kept and stored on location. Food should be keep cool, especially on warmer days and these containers have the capacity to operate in a similar fashion to a refrigerator in that they will keep the food cold. Refrigerated shipping containers have their own generator power source so they do not run on electrical power and still keep the food at an appropriate temperature.
This is the ideal situation for most large events including conferences, weddings, parties and other large gatherings. It can also be good for festivals and outdoor shows. The container can be moved to the location for the event and then taken away once the event has been completed.
Renting Refrigerated Shipping Containers
Refrigerated shipping containers can be rented when you are looking for a solution for the storage of a large amount of food for a short amount of time. They can be pre-modified to meet your exact meets before delivery so that they are already set up to be completely functional and ready to use once they arrive at your location.
Although no one likes to think about these kinds of things, large, refrigerated shipping containers are also a great solution for disaster relief. They keep perishable food cool so that it is safe to consume by people who need it.
Benefits are of a refrigerated shipping container:
• These containers can be modified to your exact requirements. It does not matter what you need, Tiger Containers will take care of it!
• The container can be used as a freezer, a cool room or for refrigerated transport (as it was originally designed for). You can make the decision and you can adjust the temperature to meet your needs.
• You can move the container or have it moved from place to place, it can be transported easily by you or by Tiger and can be stacked if need be.
Tiger Containers has been providing containers for a variety of needs for decades with great feedback. Contact us to see exactly what we have available and how we can get that container to your location when you need it.
Cold Shipping Containers: Perfect For Your Next Event
With new containers utilizing corten steel for their construction, containers have become more resistant to rust – their greatest adversary—making them much more durable as compared to other forms of modular structures. Their ability to be placed anywhere without requiring a great amount of ground preparation also makes them ideal for ‘mobile-space’ applications.
Other factors that make shipping containers ideal for portable storage include:
– Availability. The number of idle shipping containers around the world will only continue to grow as international trade develops.
– Affordability. With just a couple of thousand dollars, you can acquire a shipping container and modify it to a space suitable for your needs.
All this is well and good, but I bet you are wondering how these steel boxes can help you store temperature sensitive goods. Well, shipping containers can also be converted to fully functional self-contained refrigerator units that can be used as cold rooms.
Refrigerated shipping container – mobile cold rooms.
If you are an event organiser or offer catering services, then refrigerated shipping containers offer a real solution for storing your perishable items. Be it beverages, raw or cooked food, or any other item that requires cold storage, cold shipping containers will prove invaluable. They provide the functionality of a cold room combined with the flexibility of a shipping container.
What makes refrigerated shipping containers good for event storage is that they offer a quick and easy solution for a problem that would have cost a lot of time and money to solve. Since events only take place over a limited period of time, it would not make economic sense to build a cold room. Using commercial refrigerators may also not be feasible due to their limited capacity and relatively fragile nature which could result in damage during transit. Cold shipping containers are roomy, rugged and can function as an independent unit making them ideal for places not serviced by grid power.
Having a cold room at hand can enable a caterer to prepare food in bulk for events that last for more than one day without having to worry about the food going bad. It will also increase your menu options as more exotic foods such as sea food, fresh meats and even ice cream and other frozen desserts – if you use a freezer Shipping Container—can be offered. This in effect will transform any remote location into a fully functional restaurant with all the meal offerings.
Refrigerated shipping containers will also improve the food hygiene. This is because food is stored in a highly secure box that has been modified to resemble (in functionality) a real cold room rather than a makeshift facility built on the fly. In addition to this, food and other stored items will be secure from physical damage from the elements and theft as shipping containers are constructed to offer this kind of security during transit.
Benefits of Refrigerated Shipping Containers
The benefits of using a refrigerated shipping container for cold storage are numerous. They include:
- Easy to transport – Refrigerated shipping containers are easy to transport from one event to another and thus are suitable for someone catering to several events. The refrigerated container will be able to utilise the available infrastructure already in use for regular shipping containers ensuring that logistics costs remain low.
- Easy set up – Cold shipping containers and freezer shipping containers are easy to set up and operate. Just load it onto a truck, deliver it to the destination of use, unload it onto a flat ground and you are good to go. Depending on the power option you choose you can either plug it in or run it with its own generator.
- Numerous power options – refrigerated shipping containers can be powered via several power sources. You can have one that is fuel powered for off the grid use or one that plugs into a power outlet to use readily available power. This makes sure that no matter where the freezer container is being used, it will still function with or without grid power.
- Durability – Refrigerated shipping containers are (and all shipping containers generally are) designed to withstand harsh treatment during long sea and land journeys. This means that your cold storage facility will last for a long time before requiring major repairs or replacement.
Shipping container usage out of the traditional realms is increasing by the day, the world over. The advantages are numerous and applications unlimited. Mobile cold rooms are just one of the most significant areas where these ‘wonder boxes’ can be utilised with great results. Solve all your cold storage needs with one of mankind’s greatest inventions.
Shipping Containers as Refrigerated Transport
By reducing the time taken to load and offload shipping containers and consolidating small units into larger regular-shaped units, shipping containers have significantly increased efficiency in the transport industry. Take a look around your home or office, if there is anything that wasn’t manufactured locally – there’ll probably be dozens – chances are that it found its way to you inside a shipping container.
The variety of goods that can be transported using cargo containers is huge. Containers provide an excellent way to transport cargo such as machines, electronics, furniture, processed food and clothing. But what about perishable goods that are temperature sensitive? Well, shipping containers can be used to transport this kind of cargo too.
Soon after the cargo container was invented, people realised the immense savings they could make by using them to transport goods. There was one big problem though: because of their metallic construction and positioning on the ships deck, temperatures inside shipping containers could rise enough to damage temperature-sensitive cargo. This limited the use of cargo containers to general or dry cargo which meant perishable goods still had to be transported using the older inefficient methods. It didn’t take long before the problem was solved by the introduction of a new kind of cargo container: the reefer.
Also referred to as refrigerated containers, reefers are modified shipping containers made specifically for transporting temperature-sensitive cargo. These containers are made using the same dimensions as ordinary containers so as to make them compatible with normal cargo container handling equipment. Because of the modifications made to them, however, reefers have a smaller capacity as compared to regular containers.
There are two main types of reefer containers:
1. Porthole containers. These are not that different from regular ocean containers. Their main differentiating feature is the addition of insulation which makes maintaining internal temperatures easier. They also have two holes placed on one side of the container: one for letting in cold air and the other for letting out warm air, hence the name. The air pumped into the container is cooled at a central point inside the ship called a reefer plant.
2. Integrated reefers. These are fitted with a cooling system which makes them more self-sufficient. The refrigeration mechanism is fitted at one end of the container in a way that ensures the container retains its original dimensions. This kind of reefer can either be self-powered – when fitted with generator packs – or could be plugged into an outside power source.
Image Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refrigerated_container
Benefits of using shipping containers for refrigerated transport
Because refrigerated shipping containers share their dimensions and other specifications with their regular siblings, users get to enjoy the benefits of containerisation. These include:
1. Minimised risk of damage and pilferage. Shipping containers are known for their robust build, and reefers are no different. This enables them to protect cargo from damage and pilferage during transit.
2. Reduced handling cost. Since cargo container handling equipment is standardised all over the world, your shipment can ride on the already laid infrastructure which will help reduce handling costs.
3. Easy transhipment. Goods In ocean containers can be moved from one mode of transport to the other seamlessly without having to offload and load the cargo inside.
4. Reduced packaging expenses. Since the container acts like an external protective shell, cargo stored inside does not need to be wrapped in elaborate packaging to keep it safe.
Tiger Containers provides both new and used refrigerated shipping containers to help you ship your perishable goods using one of the most effective transportation methods. We provide quality containers at an unbeatable price.
What Do You Store Inside a Refrigerated Shipping Container?
All the space and durability of a regular shipping container, plus the temperature control of a regular refrigeration unit. With all that temperature-controlled space, what could you possibly put inside a refrigerated shipping container beside frozen food?
Those unfamiliar with refrigerated shipping containers or ‘reefers’ will often ask this question. But these cold, insulated shipping containers aren’t just one hit wonders. They can be extremely useful, and not just for keeping frozen food.
Food, Glorious Food
Of course, reefers were primarily invented to transport large quantities of food. This includes seafood, meat and poultry, dairy products, and fruits and vegetables. Reefers are able not only to keep their internal temperature cool but also ensure proper air circulation necessary to prevent food spoilage. Without these cool containers, people all over the world would not be able to get fresh produce any time of the year or a greater variety of food in their locality.
But as we’ve stated before, reefers are for more than just food. Basically, all perishable goods can be stored and transported in them.
One perishable item commonly transported via reefers are flowers. Flowers can be transported from South America, Europe and Asia and arrive fresh and fragrant in your bouquet thanks to refrigerated containers.
Speaking of bouquets, another item also transported regularly through refrigerated containers are wines. Wines, as any connoisseur will tell you, live and breathe according to the atmosphere around them. A sudden change in temperature could cause them to go bad, which is why it’s important that they’re transported in specialised, temperature controlled reefer containers.
Because of their ability to keep food, flowers and wine fresh and at their best, reefers are used more and more for large catering services and events that require those exact elements. Catering companies and events organisers often have their own units or get a refrigerated container for hire.
Another, less well-known item that can be found in reefers? Movie set props. That’s right, movie props and equipment are also transported via reefers especially when filming in harsh environments or extreme outdoor locations. While this may seem unnecessary, it’s a step that can save a production company millions in damaged props and equipment. As the saying goes, better safe than sorry.
Transporting medicines is perhaps one of the most important roles that reefers have. There was once a time when these life-saving medicines could not be transported as efficiently due to the lack of refrigeration and ventilation technologies during transport. With increasing numbers of medicines now being transported on reefers, the cost of many medicines also decreased, giving more people access to these much-needed medicines.
Because of this ability to store and transport large quantities of medicines as well as food, reefers have become very useful in military operations and disaster management. No other container quite has the same capabilities as the refrigerated container.
Reefers are great investments not just for those who want to transport perishable goods but also for businesses that require reliable storage of perishable goods in different locations. Thinking of buying refrigerated containers for sale? Make sure you get the best, only from Tiger Containers. We offer high quality refrigerated and insulated shipping containers for sale and can customise these container to your exact needs. Contact us on 1800 072 039 to discuss your specific requirements.