Australian firm FloatPac has unveiled its latest air freight system designed to reduce mortality rates for live seafood exports.
The innovative new FishPac air freight “humid” system has been designed specifically for molluscs and crustaceans for long-distance travel.
Boasting very low mortality and exceptional product health on arrival, the new oxygen rich are a practical alternative to traditional polystyrene boxes.
The new humid system builds on the successes of FloatPac’s cutting-edge FishPac bins, with the addition of a humid, oxygen rich atmosphere.
FloatPac Marine biologist Peter Rankin says the design has exceeded FishPac’s expectations.
“We began with a plan to deliver crustaceans and molluscs in better quality and with lower mortality than any of the options currently in the market,” Rankin says. “We had a phenomenal starting point, thanks to our existing FishPac system.
“But discovered that we could improve even further on labour and freight costs by minimising the volume of water but retaining its atmospheric benefits. And so the ‘humid’ system was developed.”
Optimal survival rates
A continuous supply of oxygen is diffused through a shallow pool of water in the base of the FishPac bin, generating a humid atmosphere.
Animals can be packed in baskets or on shelving above the water, and the positive pressure gradient passes the humid oxygen rich atmosphere upwards through the animals and continuously expels the waste gases from the bin through the lid vents.
The new system is expected to be commercially available soon following a number of successful trials.
“All trials so far indicate optimal survival and species health, while the stackable nature of the bin has huge benefits for freight,” says Rankin.
“The next stage for us is to make the whole system fully recyclable, which will reduce the equipment that needs to be returned at the end of each shipment. Then we really will have the complete solution.”
FloatPac have completed successful trials with southern rock lobster, tropical lobster and Blacklip abalone over a 48-hour period with zero mortality.
In each case, the live seafood exporters taking part in the trials have remarked on the excellent quality of the freight on its arrival.