Refrigerated maritime transport: investing in new technology may help mitigate risk

In a Journal of Commerce article, John Padgett details new opportunities presented by digitally connected devices that enable cargo owners to better monitor reefers.
In an article published in the Journal of Commerce, John Padgett details the new opportunities represented by the Internet of Things in the maritime community.

According to the article, the refrigerated food transportation sector is currently growing and is predicted to grow 4% per year until the end of 2020. In this challenging context, vessel owners must transmit information to food producers. Some regulations, such as the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), require traceability and evidence that containers are capable of transporting food products within certain temperature ranges. Meeting these regulations involves constant monitoring and manual inspections. Industry leaders estimate that 59% of claims from the transportation of food shipments are the result of malfunctioning reefer units, poor documentation, or incorrect temperature set points.

Beneficial cargo owners (BCO) now require real-time information regarding their cargo. Internet of Things (IoT) or machine-to-machine (M2M) telemetry devices can be installed on containers. The information is transmitted by satellite to various destinations to enable remote monitoring.

According to John Padgett, approximately 20% of the 1.5 million reefers are fitted with M2M telematics. Some hesitation in the industry could result from unreliable and expensive communication networks.

For further information, please read the article : New technology helps BCO meet cold chain challenges.