Ocean freight is made possible in the Aqualife system by decreasing the animal’s motabolistic activity during ocean freight and by assuring a sterile aquatic environment before, during and after the ocean freight.
The heart of the system is a 40 ft container with 20 tanks, all interconnected through a piping system in the container. Each tank can contain 1,500 litres of water and up to 600 kg of live shellfish. One 40 ft container can carry up to 12 tonnes of live shellfish.
The ocean freight of the containers takes place between two docking points and always in closely managed corridors. The supply chain is integrated all the way from the point of fishery, until the shellfish can be off loaded in the export country, for direct human consumption.
Overall design objective :
Achieve a stable aquatic environment during storage and transport and to integrate the supply chain into one close and stable system.
Protect fauna and flora by operating strict risk management systems. The system secures the environment against pollution from the export of disease and invasive spices.
Assure highest standards of food safety by using materials that can be easily cleaned and by exploring state-of-the-art filtration technologies.
During the ocean freight the system must be able to operate securely and with no or little surveillance. During transport all flow functions are handled pneumatically and with no moving parts.
Slow down the growth of ammonia during transport and at all times seek to increase biomass while decreasing mortalities.
The Aqualife technology makes it possible for producers of shellfish to reach markets with live products across the globe by using container based ocean freight, markets most producers today are restricted from due to logistical issues.
During the ocean freight the objective is to slow down the growth of ammonia, this is achieved in the following ways:
The water is circulated with 600 litres per hour through the filter tubes during ocean freight; here filter components such as ammonia locks, static filters and PH regulators can be used.
Removing all protein material from the water before shipping and allowing the animals to dispose of stomach content while docking.
Achieving lowest acceptable hibernation temperature, both in order to minimize the stress of the animal and to slow down the biological activity in the water.
Lowering and stabilizing the PH buffer in the water can slow down the growth of ammonia by up to 75%.