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Sharp drop in cargo handled at European ports

Sharp drop in cargo handled at European ports © La Ville du Havre

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Shipping companies have suffered heavily from the effects of the pandemic, with volumes handled dropping by over a third in some cases. In the first nine months of 2020, Northern European ports registered a 6% fall in volumes compared to the same period in 2019, handling 31.3 million TEU, according to data published by

Wilhelmshaven in Germany was the most affected port, with a 35% Y-O-Y fall in volumes, and market share dropping by 30%. Similarly, Le Havre in France saw its volumes drop by almost a quarter in the same period, with an 18% loss in market share.

Antwerp was the only port that has not lost volumes and has gained 7% in market share.

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Daikin’s Active CA container technology powers CMA CGM’s CLIMACTIVE controlled atmosphere and successfully expands perishable cargo range

Daikin’s Active CA container technology powers CMA CGM’s
Press release & photo: Next Level Information

CLIMACTIVE controlled atmosphere and successfully expands perishable cargo range

New markets reached thanks to precise management of conditions inside reefer containers

OSAKA, 1 December 2020, Using its Active CA container technology, Daikin successfully deployed CMA CGM’s CLIMACTIVE controlled atmosphere solution. Designed by Daikin Reefer, this technology allowed CMA CGM to successfully expand its perishable cargo range, transporting new produce to distant markets by providing precise atmospheric conditions within the reefer containers, guaranteeing freshness and optimum condition upon arrival.

Daikin Reefer is a leading supplier of refrigeration and climate control solutions for freight containers. Headquartered in Japan, Daikin Reefer is the refrigeration business division of global refrigeration, air conditioning and climate control provider Daikin Industries, Ltd.

CMA CGM, a world leader in shipping and logistics with the second largest reefer container fleet in the world of 410,000 TEUs of reefer containers and 300,000 reefer plugs, has successfully expanded its perishable cargo range, transporting new produce to distant markets using CLIMACTIVE Controlled Atmosphere, its advanced technology system which is driven by Daikin’s Active CA container technology.

The cargoes in question required precise atmospheric conditions within the reefer containers in order to preserve freshness and arrive at their destination in optimum condition and ready to be consumed. CMA CGM’s successful shipments of fresh produce were achieved through deploying its CLIMACTIVE Controlled Atmosphere controlled atmosphere system which is powered by Daikin’s Active CA container technology. In CA optimal mode, low oxygen and carbon dioxide settings of 2% to 3% are initiated to deliver precise management of conditions inside the reefer containers. This unique technological advantage of Daikin’s Active CA actively helps shippers expand their cargo ranges and reach new markets.  Through its direct collaboration with shippers and exporters, Daikin Reefer ensures each containerload of perishables is correctly calibrated so that the produce travels long distances and arrives in a ‘fresh picked’ state, ready for market and consumer enjoyment.

Vegetables require more humidity in transit than fruit: lettuce, in particular, can develop brown spots during transit if the correct transportation conditions aren’t present. Unlike other industry providers of CA, Daikin’s Active CA doesn’t inject dry air into the container, but uniquely achieves humidity conservation through charging rich nitrogen gas into the reefer container which adds vital moisture and reduces the respiration of the cargo by quickly reducing oxygen concentration.  The positive pressure inside the container, without outside air entering, leads to a fast reduction of O2 concentration.

Because of the unique low oxygen and carbon dioxide settings of 2% to 3% delivered by Daikin’s CA optimal mode, no other CA technology provider can deliver such ambience control for shippers. As the fresh produce is put into a state of hibernation inside the reefer with the reduced oxygen and managed carbon dioxide conditions, its quality and shelf life are extended, even on the longest of journeys.

“Thanks to the managed oxygen and CO2 levels in our reefer containers, our CLIMACTIVE Controlled Atmosphere system allows us to complete shipments over long transit times, knowing that perishable produce will arrive in optimum condition, enabling us to identify even more new opportunities and offer new markets to our customers said Mr. Stéphane Nielsen, Reefer Department Director of CMA CGM.

“CLIMACTIVE Controlled Atmosphere plays an important role among the Reefer products which CMA CGM may offer. Driven by an Innovative Software, the VPSA system used by Active technology achieves unique performances, allowing shelf life optimization of a large range of fresh produce”, added Julian Carbunaru, CMA CGM Reefer Department Technical Manager.

“Daikin Reefer maintains close dialogue with our customers so that we can fine tune our technology and ensure it meets their needs and is fit for purpose. Our aim is to allow even more shippers to expand their cargo range and reach new markets using our CA optimal mode”. concluded Goh Ah Huat. General Manager, Global Marketing and Service of Daikin Reefer.

About Daikin Reefer

Headquartered in Japan, Daikin Transportation and Refrigeration Systems Division (Daikin Reefer) is a wholly owned division of Daikin Industries Ltd, providing refrigeration equipment to the global container industry. Grounded in more than 90 years’ experience, Daikin Reefer combines world-leading Japanese technology that delivers assured reliability, performance, and efficiency.

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The leading global cargo gateways


Hong Kong remains the world’s largest air cargo hub, according to preliminary airport rankings for 2014 from the Airports Council International (ACI).

The world’s next busiest airport for cargo last year was Memphis, followed by Shanghai and Incheon (South Korea), while Anchorage overtook Dubai to take 5th spot.

The ACI’s preliminary results for 2014 also show that compared to 2013, total cargo (including mail) rose 4.5% and total international freight by 5.4%, while total aircraft movements were up 1%.

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(Source: ACI. Cargo is the term used to cover mail plus freight.)


Dubai increasingly a key nucleus

ACI World’s Economics Director Rafael Echevarne highlighted the increased importance of Dubai as an air cargo hub.

“The airport that continued to make its mark in 2014 was Dubai International. The airport has solidified its status as the world’s major international connecting hub. Dubai is the fulcrum that connects long-haul international flights from east and west, north and south.

“That being said, its sister airport, Dubai World Central, under the same Dubai Airports organisation, is poised to surpass these feats by becoming the world’s largest global gateway with capacity of more than 160 million passengers per year and a multi-modal logistics hub for 12 million tons of air cargo,” Echevarne said.

“Since the commencement of its operations, the airport has already moved up to the 29th busiest air cargo airport in the world handling almost 760,000 metric tons of cargo in 2014. With its astonishing capacity and growth, aviation’s nucleus certainly has moved eastward,” he said.

The ACI is a worldwide association of airports with 590 member airport authorities operating 1,850 airports in 173 countries. It said the figure are extrapolations based on summed monthly data submissions by the world’s major commercial airports.The final confirmed report will be published this summer.

Source: ACI

Photo: Airplane, Sendai airport, by Yuichi Kosio