Who would have thought?
Australian company FloatPac has announced the first successful shipments of live salmon parr fingerlings (Salmo salar), from Scotland to Dubai.
Floatpac are owners of FishPac live seafood transportation systems – a game changer for live seafood exports.
Using Fishpac’s unique air freight oxygen delivery system, the company was recently able to stock a large recirculation aquaculture farm in Dubai with salmon fingerlings.
A total of 38,500 fish were successfully transported in 42 bin movements over a five-month period.
This included a five-hour road journey to Glasgow airport, 7.5 hour flight to Dubai and customs clearance – culminating in a transit period of, on average, 20-26 hours.
Need for sound transportation
“The ability to ship both parr and smolt is significant,” says FloatPac CEO Gavin Hodgins.
“As land-based salmon RAS farming becomes more popular, the need for sound transportation of live salmon at all lifecycles is becoming increasingly important.”
The latest successful shipment means locally supplied, live and fresh chilled salmon will be available in the UAE market from late 2018.
“There is no better way to ship live aquatic animals,” says Mr Hodgins.
FloatPac’s marine biologist, Peter Rankin said: “The key objective of the transport was to deliver fish in the best possible condition, without compromising their future growth potential.
“Following successful pre-shipment trials with 40g fish in Scotland, shipments were ultimately undertaken at a density of around 55kg per m³ per bin.”
Melbourne-based FloatPac, recently announced an agency agreement with Norwegian company Lipfish AS.
Lipfish AS is a global leader in the production of “pure” fish for the aquaculture industry and a leader in the shipping of live marine species worldwide.
The agreement will significantly increase the flow of live seafood throughout Europe and the UK. Under the agreement, Lipfish AS, based in Tromsø, Norway, will be the European agency for FishPac’s road and air freight systems.
FishPac is the world’s only approved air freight oxygen delivery system for live seafood.
Mr Hodgins says the Dubai project is an important “next step” in the firm’s global growth strategy.