Our used range of 10ft refrigerated shipping containers are produced from larger used units. Typically, 10ft refrigerated shipping containers are only available direct from the factory in China. They have to be ordered in pairs and specifically to order with a very long lead time.
New 10ft refrigerated shipping containers are only shipped in pairs (bolted together) to create a twenty-foot equivalent unit or TEU. This is because shipping lines and terminals only handle 40 and 20ft containers.
We are now able to introduce our ‘converted in the UK’ used 10ft refrigerated containers. These are produced by cutting down used 40ft high cube refrigerated shipping containers. We install replacement doors and fit whatever used working machinery is in-stock at the time of order. Alternately, we can supply and fit new, never used, Carrier machinery to the unit. They also come fitted with fork lift pockets.
Commonly known in the trade as ‘reefers’, refrigerated shipping containers have very thick insulation in the walls to ensure good thermal performance. Reefers of any size must not be used to bring goods down from ambient to frozen. They are not designed as blast chillers and attempting to use them in this way is outside of their design specification and will cause premature machinery failure. They are designed to help maintain a temperate of your goods, but not to bring your goods down to temperature.
Units will be provided with a freshly painted white exterior but, we can re-paint using a basic (dark) RAL colour of your choice. (White is recommended for best performance)
Our used 10ft refrigerated containers are built for on-site storage use only and cannot be used for shipping. You will still need a 32A 3-phase 440V power supply with a D-rated circuit breaker as you would for a normal reefer.
Being produced from used units, our 10ft reefers will have some cosmetic flaws and are supplied ‘cosmetics not guaranteed’. Units are typically supplied with the standard ‘T’ bar floor although we cannot guarantee this. The interior is stainless steel. As ever if you require a specific specification in terms of floor type, temperature settings or anything else, please let us know and we can factor this into your quote for you.
All equipment will be tested by our engineers prior to delivery. These units are typically built to order so, lead time could be extended but, please ask as our depot produces 4-units at a time so, there’s a chance we may have one in stock.
In general, 20ft and 40ft refrigerated shipping containers are used for transporting temperature sensitive cargo. They operate on an external power supply when on the cargo ship and from a portable generator (aka a Genset) when moving by road or train.
Types of refrigerated shipping container
- The closed reefer – this is the conventional unit that is in use in the industry. This container comes with an integral electric cooling/heating system in the front wall.
- The Controlled Atmosphere / Modified Atmosphere (CA/MA) reefer – this unit maintains a constant atmosphere by replacing consumed oxygen using an air exchange system helping it to keep an ideal atmosphere. This type of unit is typically used for the transport of fresh fruit and vegetables. Simply chilling the goods isn’t sufficient to prevent them from going off prematurely so, a CA/MA container will preserve the goods for longer by removing carbon dioxide and ethylene and supplying oxygen (as oxygen will be depleted). The prime aim of the CA/MA is to control the ratio of gases around a refrigerated cargo to help extend its storage life beyond that which can be achieved by refrigeration alone.
- The AFAM (Automatic Fresh Air Management Containers) – these regulate the air combination by automatically adjusting the scale of fresh air exchange. The Thermo King system is known as the AFAM+ system. This incorporates a flap over the air vents that is controlled by a stepper motor which, in turn, is controlled by oxygen and carbon dioxide sensor. When cargo is loaded, the flap remains closed and only opens when the required CO2 level is achieved. Carrier use their ‘Everfresh’ system which uses a membrane nitrogen generator and can include a bottle of carbon dioxide for use when their is a need for higher levels of CO2 than the cargo itself can generate.
All these types of reefer are available from our yards. If you have any specific requirements please let us know, Otherwise please feel free to contact us and we can talk through your project with you to ensure you get the right equipment.