Cape Town’s Record Reefer Load

The Port of Cape Town has loaded a container ship with more reefer boxes than the ship has reefer plugs.

Last week Transnet SOC Ltd, the parent company of Transnet Port Terminals, tweeted that the Cape Town Container Terminal had broken an all time record by loading “1665 refrigerated containers of South African fruit destined for Europe, aboard the vessel Santa Clara, owned by Maersk”. The vessel is currently sailing for the Port of Rotterdam.

The Santa Clara is the first of the ten 7,100 TEU container ships that were delivered to Hamburg Süd from 2010 onwards. At the time these ships were the largest in Hamburg Süd’s fleet, but they also boasted the some of the largest reefer capacity across all vessels, with 1,600 reefer plugs.

It is not uncommon for a carrier to load more reefer containers than there are plugs on a vessel, using splitter boxes or other means to power additional containers.

The Santa Clara was in Cape Town for almost four days, arriving at 9.28am on 21 January and departing at 8.40am on 25 January. After calling at APM Terminals 1 in Rotterdam, it is scheduled to stop at London Gateway Terminal in the UK, then NTB North Sea Terminal in Bremerhaven before returning to Rotterdam.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *