Cargo refers to goods that are conveyed from one place to another for commercial gain. It covers all types of freight including those carried by train, van, and truck. Perishable goods transported in a controlled-temperature or held in cold storage to the end user are also referred to as cargo.
Types of Cargo
Cargo can be transported through different means such as marine, air, rail, and road. In road transportation, cargoes can be conveyed from one point to another. Haulage companies invest in delivery vehicles that are used for quick and efficient distribution of cargo. Everything from letters to houses can be delivered via road.
The major aim while transporting cargo is not just to get the goods to their destination, but to get them there in perfect order. This used to be a challenge for perishable and temperature-sensitive cargo until the advent of new refrigerator vehicles.
Refrigerator vehicles such as new freezer vans or trucks are used for the carriage of frozen cargoes or temperature-controlled cargos. They help in transporting temperature-sensitive cargo and maintaining them at a desired low-temperature range until they reach their final destination. Cargo is stowed in holds which are then sealed and temperature controlled. This climate-sensitive cargo is called cool cargo and refrigerator vehicles extend their shelf life.
Unlike other goods and merchandise, cool cargo is perishable and has to be kept at a particular temperature during transit and storage or it will deteriorate in quality or be destroyed. Examples of cool cargo include:
- Fresh agricultural produce
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Live animals
- Frozen food
- Photographic film
- Cosmetics and personal care products
- Electronic devices
- Floral delivery
Transporting Cool Cargo
If you are considering a more efficient way of transporting cool cargo to expand the reach of your business, the best way is by purchasing new refrigerator vehicles. These fridge/freezer vans are designed to the standards of daily high mileage travel. They can attain and sustain up to -25⁰C even in the warmest summer climate. No matter how rough the terrain or how far the distance, the cargo is preserved over a long period.
To produce a durable and efficient used refrigerated vehicle, Glacier Vehicles invests in superior thermal insulation and then our engineers carry out the installation of first-class refrigeration units.
At Glacier Vehicles, our vans are thermal insulated using high-density foam insulation to fill every crevice and crack. This makes it resist attack from chemicals, solvents, and moisture. Our rigid polyurethane foam system prevents air, moisture, and heat infiltration from entering the cargo compartment. This makes it the most efficient thermal insulation obtainable in the UK today.
The major difference between a freezer van and a refrigerator van is the thickness of the insulation. All our new freezer vans are converted with a 75mil thickness to match the freezer temperature requirements. 50mil is used for fridges and if you want a deep freeze, we use thicker 100mil insulation. After the insulation, they are finished off using either wet-lay or dry line.
Installation of the Refrigeration System
To deliver large new refrigerator vans capable of optimal, consistent cooling for a long period, we install top of the line refrigeration systems after the insulation of the vehicle. Most of our refrigerator vehicles feature modern GAH refrigeration systems. GAH is a global leader in cargo transport refrigeration and they design refrigeration systems to fit vehicles of all sizes.
We use light, strong, and durable components to optimise efficiency and accommodate the different requirements of our clients. Our engineers are able to create dual partitioned cold cargo vans. This dual insulated cargo compartment makes it possible to hold multiple temperatures in one van. Because of this, cargoes requiring different temperatures can be preserved at the same time.
After the installation of the GAH refrigeration systems, all our vehicles go through multipoint checks and comprehensive MOT testing to guarantee the cool cargo vehicle is prepared for the rigorous transportation or logistics needs.
Features of Cool Cargo Vehicles
Vehicles which transport cool cargo have some common features. They include:
- Within the cargo hold, there is a well-lined interior surface of insulated panels equipped with light GRP sheeting. This ensures that the van can keep your cargo frozen for a long period.
- The interior of the van features load-bearing floor panels that can be customised to suit your business needs.
- The cargo compartment can attain and maintain temperatures from 0⁰C to -25⁰C.
- The vans use a direct drive mechanism that powers the cooling compartment using the engine as a power source. They can control the freezing, the refrigeration system, condenser, compressor, and evaporator.
Some vehicles which that can be used as cool cargo vans include:
- Volkswagen Crafter
- Ford Transit
- Renault Master
- Vauxhall Movano
- Nissan NV400
- Citroen Relay
- Fiat Ducato
- Mercedes Sprinter
- Peugeot Boxer
- Iveco Daily
Why Choose Glacier Vans for Your Cool Cargo Vehicles?
At Glacier Vehicles, all our cool cargo vans are customisable to suit your specifications. We offer different refrigeration systems which suit your needs and business.
Our vans are sold at competitive prices regardless of their size, the model, or whether they are new or used. We also offer attractive financial packages which enable you to spread the cost of your purchase. That way, we can work out a plan that accommodates your economic capacity.
All our vehicles both new and used freezer vans come fitted with brand new refrigeration systems and GRP insulation. They also come with their separate warranties to assure you of our dependability. Our refrigeration system lasts as long as the truck and can maintain their temperature over an extended period.