Maersk to Call Halifax with Reefer Aquariums

Maersk to Call Halifax with Reefer Aquariums

Maersk Line plans to resume its weekly seasonal reefer calls at the Port of Halifax on May 18 with the arrival of the Maersk Palermo on the revised rotation of the TA4 trans-Atlantic service.

The TA4 service deploys four vessels, each with 2,900 20-foot equivalent units capacity, that have new technology inside some of their refrigerated containers this year. The new reefers contain aquariums that hold live seafood for export from Atlantic Canada to Northwest Continental Europe. Each reefer holds 20 water tanks that allow the shellfish to remain in their natural environment.

Maersk Line said it has been developing the new patented technology for the past five years with Aqualife. It said the technology offers seafood shippers a lower-cost, lower-emission alternative to sending shellfish by air.

Maersk Line returns service to Halifax every year in time for the seafood export season. Eastern Canada exports approximately 3,400 metric tons of lobster to Europe each year. Other exports include crab, shrimp, roe, herring, fish, mussels, blueberries, forest products, peat and other agricultural products.

The carrier said the new technology fits in with its “Eco-Efficiency” strategy requiring all business units to pursue greater efficiency through innovation and technological advances – with the aim of using natural resources more efficiently and with less impact on the environment.

Maersk Line said the TA4 service has a record of 100 percent schedule reliability so far this year. In 2009, the overall schedule reliability was 96 percent.

The new rotation of the TA4 service will be: Montreal, Halifax, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre and back to Montreal.

Contact Peter T. Leach at pleach@joc.com.