Inside Logistics

ZIM to expand Its refrigerated container fleet

To support demand for ZIMonitor, ZIM's premium reefer cargo tracking service


January 7, 2016
by MM&D Online Staff

HAIFA, Israel—ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. is expanding its refrigerated container fleet to answer demand for its ZIMonitor service. Launched in early 2015, ZIMonitor allows customers to track, monitor and remotely control sensitive, high-value cargo stowed in refrigerated, or reefer, containers.

Customers can opt to receive alerts regarding their shipment via text message or email, closely monitor their cargo’s status and intervene to prevent damages through ZIM’s 24/7 dedicated global response team.

An order of approximately 1,900 40-Feet High-Cube refrigerated containers is planned to be deployed during 2016. The new advanced and environmentally friendly containers were specifically designed to accommodate the ZIMonitor service and received a special prefix: ZMOU.

ZIM has partnered with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, a global pharmaceutical company, on a successful pilot of the ZIMonitor service. Upon the successful completion of the pilot, the ZIMonitor service quickly gained popularity among ZIM’s customer base.

Nissim Yochai, ZIM’s VP of Global Sales stated, “We are very pleased with the growing demand for our monitored services. The ZIMonitor system was designed by ZIM for the cold supply chain and employs state-of-the-art technology. The service provides a tailored solution for customers who ship pharmaceuticals, perishable food and other high-value and sensitive cargo. As part of ZIM’s comprehensive strategy, we are committed to further enhance and improve our services in response to what the market needs.”

ZIMonitor is designed to comply with the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines, which are applicable to the pharmaceutical industry, and to provide ongoing data flow, alerts and automatic reports, along with a 24/7 dedicated and professional response team along the cargo route to promptly respond and prevent damages.

ZIMonitor features:

  • Online alerts via text message and email, monitoring temperature, humidity level, GPS location, route deviation and unauthorized door opening
  • 24/7 dedicated ZIM response team to prevent cargo damages
  • GDP Compliance
  • Predefined reports for logistical & operational analysis
  • Lower insurance costs

The online monitoring service is suited for various types of valuable or sensitive cargo such as: pharmaceuticals; medical lab equipment; aviation products; perishable foodstuffs; wines and other alcoholic beverages; agriculture (seeds); electronics; art work and antiques; as well as hazardous or IMDG code goods.