Fresh Del Monte Produce has announced that it has added six new energy-efficient reefer container vessels to its fleet.
In a statement, the fruit firm said that the addition of the new vessels named – Del Monte Gold, Del Monte Rose, Del Monte Harvester, Del Monte Spirit, Del Monte Valiant andDel Monte Pride – marks a new chapter in environmental sustainability for the company.
“We have been working towards this goal since 2017 and could not be more excited to see it come to fruition,” said Helmuth Lutty, senior vice president of Shipping Operations for Fresh Del Monte Produce.
“As one of the world’s leading producer, marketer and distributer of fresh fruits and vegetables, we have set a very high bar for all the reefer containers and ships in our fleet. These six new vessels set the bar even higher, and allow us to deliver the high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables we are known for while meeting our sustainability goals.”
The first of the six vessels, the Del Monte Gold, embarked on the high seas earlier this month, traveling from Hong Kong, China towards the Panama Canal.
Like its siblings, the company said that the Del Monte Gold has a full cargo capacity of 1,276 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) with 634 plugs for forty-foot high cube reefer containers.
Given the perishable nature of fresh fruits and vegetables, the air-cooled containers will maintain the cargo at specified temperatures, traveling in reefer mode with multiple temperature variants from -25C to 40C, it added.
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