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UASC plans to expand reefer fleet to serve South America with Hamburg Sud

DUBAI's United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) plans to make significant investment in new reefer units, the company announced at the World of Persishables (WOP) exposition.

UASC plans to expand reefer fleet to serve South America with Hamburg Sud
11 November 2014 - 23:03
UASC plans to expand reefer fleet to serve South America with Hamburg Sud

DUBAI's United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) plans to make significant investment in new reefer units, the company announced at the World of Persishables (WOP) exposition.

UASC is currently implementing one of the industry's largest and most technologically advanced newbuilding programmes with 17 new vessels on order; six 18,800 and eleven 14,500 TEUers.

These vessels will be the first large containerships to be delivered LNG-ready, enabling dual fuel use, both heavy fuel oil as well as LNG.

The reefer expansion and greater access to the South America trades, following UASC's announced cooperation with Hamburg Sud, ensures that customers have comprehensive global reach.

"UASC is moving up the rankings of the global container liner shipping industry in a way that reflects our strategic growth plans," said UASC reefer chief Gareth Madsen.

"We are continuously investing in our container fleet. Expanding our reefer fleet will ensure that we continue to offer the most cutting-edge, energy-efficient solutions," he said.

Eighty per cent of UASC's current reefer fleet has the ability to measure the CO2 levels of the cargo and automatically ventilate as required, enhancing both product quality and environmental performance, said the company.

"Specialised product management includes both chilled and frozen cargo - commodities such as meat, fish, poultry, fresh produce, dairy products and pharmaceuticals," said the UASC statement. 

This announcement follows news of UASC's current new building programme, comprising 17 ships (eleven 14,500 TEU vessels and six 18,800 TEU vessels) and the cooperation of CMA CGM and China Shipping forming the Ocean Three alliance, as well as Hamburg Sud.

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