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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
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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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Largest container ship in the world calls on Port of Antwerp

Largest container ship in the world calls on Port of Antwerp, © Port of Antwerp
© Port of Antwerp


The container ship HMM Algeciras arrived at the Port of Antwerp last Thursday night to load and unload containers at the North Sea Terminal of container handler PSA. It is the newest and largest container ship in the world.

The ship can carry 23,964 TEU (20-foot containers). The Korean ship was delivered on 24 April by the shipyard Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering’s Okpo. It is 400 metres long, 61 metres wide and has 23 crew members. The ship is from Yantian (China) and departs for London on Saturday 13 June at 5:30am.

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp: “At the Port of Antwerp, we are resilient. We remained 100% operational during the pandemic, and while we will also see the effects of the coronavirus crisis on our figures, we continue to look ahead with faith in the future. We are delighted to welcome the HMM Algeciras. In doing so, we are showing that our port can receive the largest container ships. This puts Antwerp in a good position for further up-scaling. It is our ambition to continue to grow as a port in a sustainable way, with a finger firmly on the pulse of the global economic situation.”

Jae-hoon Bae, President and CEO of HMM: “Last April was very important for HMM because of two historic events. One of these was the completion of our rebranding process, with the adoption of our official company name ‘HMM’. The other was the delivery of HMM Algeciras, the world’s largest 24K-class container ship. The debut of HMM Algeciras in Europe and the first call at the Port of Antwerp has enormous symbolic significance. I believe that 24K-class ships will serve to ensure a mutual partnership between the Port of Antwerp and HMM.”

Annick De Ridder, port alderman: “Our port continues to dedicate itself successfully to sustainable growth and the arrival of the largest container ship in the world, the HMM Algeciras, is a great recognition of this. It is an incentive that continues to encourage us to carry on building tomorrow’s port today. This is the only way that world players will continue to choose our city as their gateway to Europe.”

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Buying locally not the answer

Buying locally not the answer

The distance food travels is not the only consideration when establishing the carbon footprint of what we eat. A report conducted by the UK Department of Transportation has found that North American cherries have the highest ratio of emissions of any crop, despite the fact that New Zealand apples travel much further. The key point is that the apples travelled by sea, while the cherries came by air, which produces much greater emissions. Moreover, the transportation in bulk of food from around the world does not account for as many miles as the estimated 14 billion food miles UK-consumed food travels in consumers’ cars when driving home from the market. In fact, around 20% of total emissions from food stem from consumer transportation, while supply-chain transportation contributes to about 5-6% of all carbon emissions.

The largest contributor to harmful emissions is farming production, which accounts for about 45% of the total. A Swedish study found that it was more environmentally friendly to buy tomatoes produced in Spain than purchasing them locally. The Spanish climate allows tomatoes to grow naturally in fields, whereas in Sweden, tomatoes have to be grown in greenhouses, which requires fuel consumption. Total carbon emissions for transporting tomatoes from Spain were about a fifth of those from growing tomatoes in Sweden.