Inside Logistics

CN buying new reefers

Spending $20 million to expand cold supply chain reefer capacity


June 2, 2015
by MM&D Online Staff

MONTREAL, Quebec—CN is spending $20-million to expand its cold supply chain capacity.

To accommodate growth, the railway is acquiring 200 more domestic, 53-foot temperature-controlled containers, which will add to the current fleet of containers circulating inside North America.

It is also picking up 32 electrical generators to move 40-foot international marine reefers to and from CN-served ports on its intermodal trains. The power packs provide economies of scale by connecting up to 17 international marine reefers at a time.

CN, in collaboration with other railroads, offers cold supply chain rail services between Canada-United States-Mexico, as well as between Canada and overseas markets.

Barry Sutton, vice-president, international sales, for Maple Leaf Foods, said: “Through collaboration, CN has created a robust supply chain backed by high food safety standards. CN’s transportation leadership and expertise give us peace of mind knowing that our products will make it to our customers nationally and internationally, safely and on time.”

CN has harnessed innovative technologies to ensure that food security and integrity is maintained. Robust remote monitoring of interior container temperatures, a dedicated reefer desk team and superior exception management services are key elements of its operational and service excellence for the cold supply chain.

Allan Walker, director, Canada and export customer service and logistics for McCain Foods (Canada), said: “McCain Foods is pleased with the CN announcement. Adding more capacity addresses a critical supply chain need and helps meet our goals in providing quality products to our customers in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.”