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Container Lines Continue to Grab Share of Refrigerated Transportation Market, Report Finds

Conventional refrigerated ships continue to lose market share to container lines offering increased capacity for reefer boxes, according to a new analysis of the market by the Netherlands-based research and consulting firm Dynamar.

Traditional reefer ships carried half of all seaborne shipments of refrigerated cargoes as recently as 2000. Their share slipped below 30 percent in 2011, with actual volume below 2000 levels, and is certain to fall further as container lines add reefer capacity, the report said.

The largest conventional reefer ships have capacity of 700,000 cubic feet of hold capacity, in addition to container capacity on deck. Many container lines have vessels with several times that much capacity, Dynamar noted.

Amid perishable products demand that since 2000 has risen at an average annual rate of 6 percent, container lines are investing heavily in refrigerated equipment.

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Traditional reefer ships carried half of all seaborne shipments of refrigerated cargoes as recently as 2000. Their share slipped below 30 percent in 2011, with actual volume below 2000 levels, and is certain to fall further as container lines add reefer capacity, the report said.

The largest conventional reefer ships have capacity of 700,000 cubic feet of hold capacity, in addition to container capacity on deck. Many container lines have vessels with several times that much capacity, Dynamar noted.

Amid perishable products demand that since 2000 has risen at an average annual rate of 6 percent, container lines are investing heavily in refrigerated equipment.

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