Designed to transport perishable goods in a controlled temperature environment, ANL's refrigerated container fleet offers various sizes, equipped with the latest technologies.

  • 19

    services with Reefer capacity

  • 19

    services with Reefer capacity

  • 113K+

    Reefers transported in 2019

How Does A Refrigerated Container Work?

Refrigerated containers are bottom air delivery units designed to distribute chilled air from the floor, via specific T-shaped decking (also named T-Floor). This design has the advantage of producing a consistent and uniform flow of air across the entire shipment, powerful enough to ensure a perfect air exchange with the goods.

Our Reefer Equipment

The CMA CGM Group's refrigerated container fleet is composed of 20’, 40'High Cube and 45’ containers (32/33 pallet wide) allowing the transport of goods at temperatures ranging from -40°C and below to +30°C. With an average age of seven years, it is one of the youngest and the most technologically advanced fleet's in the industry.

20' Reefer container

20'RF Internal Dimensions
Length 5.456 mm
Width 2.294 mm
Height 2.273 mm
20'RF Door Opening
Width 2.290 mm
Height 2.264 mm
20'RF Weight
Max Gross Weight 30.480kg
Average Tare 3.010 kg
Maximum Payload 27.470 kg
20'RF Capacity
Nominal 28,6 CU.M
Usable under load line 27,3 CU.M
Height usable for cargo 2.158 mm

40' high cube Reefer container

40'RH Internal Dimensions
Length 11.584 mm
Width 2.294 mm
Height 2.557 mm
40'RH Door Opening
Width 2.290 mm
Height 2.569 mm
40'RH Weight
Max Gross Weight 34.000 kg
Average Tare 4.740 kg
Maximum Payload 29.260 kg
40'RH Capacity
Nominal 68 CU.M
Usable under load line 65,3 CU.M
Height usable for cargo 2.394 mm

45' palletwide Reefer container

45'RW Internal Dimensions
Length 13.280 mm
Width 2.440 mm
Height 2.582 mm
45'RW Door Opening
Width 2.440 mm
Height 2.567 mm
45'RW Weight
Max Gross Weight 34.000 kg
Average Tare 6.180 kg
Maximum Payload 27.820 kg
45'RW Capacity
Nominal 80,4 CU.M
Usable under load line 83,7 CU.M
Height usable for cargo 2.482 mm

Warning: all technical data given for these containers are non-contractual data. They do reflect the majority of our container fleet but are non-exhaustive and given as examples. As such, ANL cannot always ensure the availability of containers with the subsequent specifications.

Temperature & Ventilation

Using our container fleet, we can offer two modes of temperature:

  1. 1Frozen mode: temperature control is accurately achieved through the return air.
  2. 2Chilled mode: temperature control is accurately achieved through the supply air flow.

In addition, our ability to renre fresh air inside our containers, removing unwanted gas and moisture and focing circulation of cool air, this prevents your chilled products from ripening, ensuring longer shelf-life and market-value.

To guarantee the “cold chain” remains intact throughout the journey, ANL Reefer containers need a permanent supply of electricity. On board they are plugged into the vessel’s one and on the quay into the terminal's one. Those going by road (rail or truck) are equipped with portable generators called gensets.

Features And Technologies

Controlling Atmosphere

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Modifying the air inside a container (mainly CO2 and O2 levels) significantly slows down the ripening process of fresh produce and lengthens the storage period. ANL Container Line is able to provide various types of technologies developed by several manufacturers (AFAM+, Liventus, Purfresh, Xtenfresh, Star Cool CA, Daikin).

Controlling Temperature

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Most perishable goods require a very specific temperature to preserve their quality during transport. ANL's refrigerated containers can control the temperature and also provide: high freeezer containers, controlled humiduty, continuous monitoring throughout the transport journey and modems which immediately alert technicians should any critical parameter changes occur.

High Freezer

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High freezer containers are ideal for products like ice-cream or frozen fish which require extremely low temperatures (down to -40°C and below). Preserving the cold chain, these containers allow the shipping of highly sensitive goods anywhere in the world.

Cold Treatment

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Cold Treatment is a highly precise process where goods (usually fruits) are kept at a specific and accurate temperature for a predetermined and uninterrupted period.

It ensures the removal of possible parasites without requiring pesticides or fumigation and without damage to the commodity involved.

Those periods of time and specific temperatures are established by phytosanitary authorities of the importing countries to protect their agricultural industry from unwanted pests such as fruit flies.

Importers from some countries are required to use Cold Treatment for regulatory reasons and it is under our carrier responsibility to deliver.

To avoid any financial impact in case of Cold Treatment technical failure, CMA CGM offers a Cold Treatment guarantee to its clients.


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Multi-temperatures system is used for some commodities, such as tomatoes or potatoes that may require temperature changes during the voyage (up to six different temperatures can be programmed).

The Principle of Multi-temperatures is to apply different temperatures during the same voyage. Periods' settings are defined by the customer in order to obtain the right ripening for sensitive fruits.

Controlling Humidity

Put simply, humidity is a quantity of water found in the air which produce very small drops of water suspended within. Humidity derives from the evaporation produced by the cargo itself or through the air entering the Reefer through the opened fresh air exchange system (ventilation).

Various products require a reduced level of humidity inside the container. ANL's Reefer containers are equipped with a system capable of controlling the humidity within the range of 85% to 60%.

Continuous Monitoring

During the journey, our Reefer experts monitor the containers at every stage of the journey to ensure they are functioning correctly:

  • On entering and leaving the container yard;
  • When being loaded on to a train or truck;
  • When parked in the port terminal;
  • During the voyage on board ship.

Throughout the journey, ANL experts regularly monitor the Reefer containers using an electronic microprocessor and data-loggers, which record all parameters even when the Reefer is unplugged.

The data-logger gives us information on:

  • Supply air temperature,
  • Return air temperature,
  • Ambient temperature,
  • Cargo temperature (optional),
  • Humidity level.

Other actions which could impact on the quality of the merchandise are also monitored and recorded:

  • Tuning operations,
  • Modifying the parameters,
  • Interventions,
  • Breakdowns,
  • Alarms (Connecting / disconnecting the containers).


A large portion of our refrigerated container fleet is equipped with modems that directly connect them to the ship’s bridge. Should any critical parameter change, an alarm signal immediately alerts the technicians ensuring a quick action to solve the issue.

Containers Adapted To Intermodal Needs

In addition to its maritime offer, ANL as part of the CMA CGM Group provides customers with a global door-to-door service and tailor-made inland solutions (rail, road and river) for efficient connections.


To guarantee that the “cold chain” remains intact throughout the journey, Reefer containers need a permanent supply of electricity. In case of inland transportation (road, rail or truck), they are equipped with portable generators called gensets.

Containers 45’ (33 Euro Pallet Wide)

CMA CGM has 45’ Reefer containers adapted to multimodal transportation (33 Euro Pallet Wide).