Refrigerated Containers

Refrigerated containers (also known as reefer containers) are available in 20’ and 40’ sizes and are used for the transport of perishable goods which need to be at a constant temperature throughout transportation, these goods are divided into chilled goods and frozen goods, depending on the specified transport temperature needs. They include cargo such as fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products such as butter and cheese.

Refrigerated containers can also be supplied to high cube container dimensions which are particularly useful for voluminous and light goods such as fruit and flowers. The vast majority of refrigerated containers are now supplied with fully integral refrigeration units which can keep internal temperatures between +25 and -25 degrees centigrade. The refrigeration units are powered by the vessels power supply whilst in transit and whilst at port they are connected to the freight terminals power supply, they can also be fitted with diesel generators (or ‘power packs’) which can also power the cooling system.

Refrigerated containers are often fitted with hook rails which meat and other goods can be hung neatly within the container.

Refrigerated Cargo Container Specifications

Specifications for 20′ and 40′ Refrigerated Cargo Containers

20′ Reefer Container 40′ Reefer Container
Max. Gross Weight 30,480kg (67,200 lb) 32,500 kg (71,650 lb)
Tare Weight 3,000 kg (6,610 lb) 4,920 kg (10,846 lb)
Payload 27,480 kg (60,590 lb) 27,480 kg (60,803 lb)
External Dimensions:
Length 6,058 mm (19′-10″) 2,192 mm (40′-0″)
Width 2,438 mm (8′-0″) 2,438 mm (8′-0″)
Height 2,591mm (8′-6″) 2,591 mm (8′-6″)
Internal Dimensions:
Length 5,456 mm (19′-10″) 11,577 mm (37′-11″)
Width 2,294 mm (8′-0″) 11,577 mm (7′-6″)
Height 2,591 mm (8′-6″) 2,591 mm (8′-6″)
lashings/Bottom rail 4 pieces/side 6 pieces/side 6 pieces/side
Loading Line (Height) 2,198 mm (7′-2″) 2,152 mm (7’3/4″) 2,457 mm (8′)
Door Opening:
Width 2,290 mm (7′-6″) 2,290 mm (7′-6″)
Height 2,264 mm (7′-5″) 2,264mm (7′-5″)
Cubic Capacity 28.4m3 (1,017 ft.3) 59.8 m3 (2,111.8 ft.3)