Fruit shipper Fresh Del Monte Produce had no way of predicting the container shipping boom when it ordered newbuildings.

But the delivery of six high-reefer container ships just as the market was going through the roof is helping transform its ocean logistics arm Network Shipping (NWS).

Having its own fleet of container ships is giving the Florida-based company the chance to take advantage of opportunities created by a shortage of space in the container sector, said NWS commercial director Francis McCawley.