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Perishables head to sea

Marine transportation, including shortsea shipping and ocean transport, is taking full advantage of new controlled atmosphere technologies applied to containers.

As a result, fruit and vegetable that had to be shipped fast by plane to arrive fresh on market stalls are now shipped by sea, even though this adds several days to reach their destination. And they arrive as fresh as ever.

Their secret: increasingly sophisticated containers due to the ever-increasing accuracy of the controlled atmosphere inside them. Their technological development make it possible to slow down the ripening of fruits and vegetables to the point where, with distance and transit time losing their importance, new more distant markets could open to producers. This would entail a shift in patterns for these fresh products.

The idea of controlling the atmosphere to extend the life of perishables is not new: ancient Egyptians stored olives in sealed potter to conserve them longer!

The tables opposite illustrate the shift in choice of transport mode, which has changed a certain amount of air cargo to ocean transport. They are from a study by the Seabury Group global advisory and investment banking firm.


Source : Seabury Group : Mode shift in perishables. Executive summary. May 2014

 


Source : Seabury Group : Mode shift in perishables. Executive summary. May 2014

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