HMM announced that it started its first ‘Ultra-Freezer’ high-tech reefer container service from Busan, Korea to Barcelona, Spain.
Ultra-freezer service refers to the transportation of goods at –60ºC, which are above the limit of regular reefer containers (–35ºC to –40ºC). High-tech technology and skilled personnel are needed in the ultra-freezer service, as these containers need to maintain an extremely low temperature during shifting, loading, and discharging processes. Due to this, freight rates of ultra-freezer service will be higher than regular reefer containers.
With this new ultra-freezer service, HMM is able to provide premium quality services on highly profitable items that are often transported by air freight, such as raw tuna and sea urchin, through ocean freight instead. HMM provides this ultra-freezer service in Busan, Korea – Barcelona, Spain; Busan, Korea -Shimizu, Japan; and Algeciras, Spain – Yokohama, Japan routes.
An HMM official said, “This ultra-freezer service will do much to advance HMM’s world-class technology in reefer container management.” And that “we will continue to provide various services to meet customer demands.”
Meanwhile, HMM has successfully completed its pilot operation of Internet of Things (IoT) technology on reefer containers in August last year. With the IoT technology, cargo status (such as location, temperature, humidity, etc) will be checked and managed live on-time. Combining the Blockchain technology with the IoT technology will also expand the range of IT system in shipping industry.