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We tailor to your requirements, provide you competitive pricing and offer onsite warranty service 24/7. We can offer you Cold shipping containers in a variety of dimensions.

We have modified refrigerated containers available for immediate delivery. Consider hiring or purchasing a quality refrigerated container from Tiger Containers.

20ft refrigerated shipping container


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 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 reefers

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.

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, 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.

Refrigerated transport

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:


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.

Varied power options

The container can either be powered from the mains or using fuel depending on what is more convenient for you.


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.

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 description 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 to have “no shipping label” will have no company logo (or markings) and have one uniform colour.


Inspect the container to ensure that it is completely water and wind proof 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.


If the container looks quite worn and damaged from observation, it probably is, so make sure to personally inspect the container before acquiring it.

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.

Learn about the history of Tiger Containers in Australia and its parent company Tyne Containers.

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.

modified coolroom container

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