Intensified container delivery schedule avoids risk of shortage

While world trade is being hampered by a scarcity of dry and reefer containers, Marfret has been able to avoid the turbulence affecting the shipping industry. For a number of years, Marfret’s logistics department has continued to order containers in order to keep up with demand and provide recent equipment. In fact a new order of 240 40-foot high cube containers is currently under way, with delivery due this spring.

Containers in stock at Marfret and available to exporters and forwarders: such a rare thing in these times deserves to be trumpeted!

The disorganisation and scarcity of capacity worldwide began in December 2019. At the time, China was massively importing pork, which was upsetting the balance in refrigerated container traffics. When the pandemic broke out, thousands of empty reefer containers ended up being blocked at Shanghai’s terminals for many weeks. The problem rapidly spread to the dry fleet: by reducing workforce availability, the Covid-19 virus caused a slowdown along the entire supply chain, with containers being stranded in Europe and especially the United States, resulting in a shortage of containers for export cargo in Asia.

“Each year since 2017, we have been expanding our fleet. In 2020, we added another 550 new reefer containers and we are continuing to invest in the future. We have both standard and special containers. Marfret is not affected by the current situation since we are not in the Asian market and we operate in a closed circuit, which means the fleet does not become dispersed,” explains Marfret’s managing director Guillaume Vidil. 

It’s a difficult period from which the company has managed to profit by attracting new customers. “It was down to forward planning. Thanks to our good relations with the leasing companies, 40’ high cube containers in production were channelled to the Mediterranean. We increased our fleet of 40’ high cube dry containers by 10%,” says Gilles Gallinaro, head of the logistics department at Marfret.

A highly sought-after commodity at the moment, 40’ HCs provide an increased load capacity of between 10 and 15% over standard containers due to their extra 30cm in height. “Rotation frequency for boxes in Europe and the Mediterranean needs to be increased,” adds Gallinaro, who relies on around a hundred depots worldwide, both in ports and at inland terminals, for receiving returned containers and getting them back out to customers as quickly as possible.     

Marfret, sponsor of the Exhibition Local Heroes – Marseille & Berlin

Marfret has just provided the Museum Regards de Provence with a 40′ container that will be used as a support for the realization of a contemporary work by the Marseille graffiti artists Hams and Eliote.
The container was installed yesterday in front of the Museum Regards de Provence in Marseille. We also donated two container sheets with a total length of 6 meters that will also be graffitied.
The heterogeneous selection proposed during the exhibition Local Heroes – Marseille & Berlin (from 13 Set. to 7 Feb.)  will show how complex the history of graffiti is, depending on the place, the political situation, the actors. Initially a manifestation of the crisis of a youth, graffiti has finally revealed itself as an artistic genre.
The “heroes” of this subculture constitute themselves in a parallel and anonymous world in each city. The once American phenomenon now finds its stronghold in Europe, particularly in France and Germany with artists such as 1UP, Moses and Taps, Edward Nightingale, Rap, Hams, Eliote, Skubb and Ymmot.


New service MPV (MultiPurpose Vessel) tailored to your needs.

Marfret, through its SMIS Division specializing in moving industrial and other large or special loads, has launched a MPV service from Europe to the Caribbean. Le Havre, Rotterdam, Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France are served on a regular basis while extra calls will be scheduled on inducement in the European Northern Range, Iberian and Caribbean areas.
This new shipping line is operated with our Marfret Niolon, a RoRo vessel providing 1212 linear meters for rolling/breakbulk/project cargo such as trailers, compactors, crawler cranes, vehicles…
Next departure is scheduled for second half of September from Northern Europe and Iberian ports to the West Indies & Caribbean islands.