If the pre-cooling process is not managed with the utmost care, cargo can be damaged while loading
To safely transport refrigerated cargo, produce must be pre-cooled to its optimum temperature before being loaded into a reefer container. The reefer box might also need to be pre-cooled before loading to avoid surface thawing and freezer burn. APL’s state-of-the-art pre-cooling equipment and ‘cold tunnel’ facilities guarantee product freshness and quality.
- All refrigerated cargo should be pre-cooled to the recommended temperature before it is loaded into a container
- Proper product pre-cooling reduces the rate of water loss and spoilage for many perishables and helps maintain freshness and quality
- Pre-cooling of containers before loading prevents surface thawing and freezer burn which can result from the transfer of a cold product to a warm container
- This method is only used when a proper loading bay with ‘cold tunnel’ loading facilities is available and the temperature in the cold store and container are identical
- During loading, a tightly insulated duct between the cold storage and container prevents warm, highly humid, ambient air from entering the reefer container