Safety: new reefer towers complete

Our four new state-of-the-art reefer towers highlight our significant investment and support of the South Island’s refrigerated freight market. Opening this week, the towers significantly improve the management of reefer containers, from safety through to functionality.

A formal karakia/blessing was held at the Reefer Towers this morning, before our Container Terminal Team begins working on the site.

Last year, LPC facilitated the export of 31,447 twenty-foot reefer containers filled with premium New Zealand products destined for the global market. We also imported 11,566 reefers containing bananas, frozen dairy projects and other chilled goods enjoyed by South Islanders every day.

Each tower is 60-metres long and stands at 10-metres high and includes the world’s most advanced reefer monitoring system, providing real-time data on temperature and energy consumption. LPC GM Container Operations Simon Munt says health and safety improvements are another substantial benefit gained by the towers.

“The towers introduce hard engineered separation between our Reefer Care team, and the straddles operating in the Container Terminal. The towers also highlight the Port’s commitment to supporting hundreds of New Zealand businesses take their goods to the world.”

LPC Reefer Care Officer Ron Crosby has worked on the wharf for over ten years, tasked with ensuring the reefer containers filled with the South Island’s frozen vegetables, frozen meat and fish and chilled dairy and meat are kept at the perfect temperature.

Throughout the project, Ron has been involved in giving feedback on the towers to the design and construction team, ensuring the towers tick all the boxes.

“It’s great to see all the measurements we’d given for the towers in action – it’s really good to have these modern facilities.”

 

 

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