Global container carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) has successfully supported growers in New Zealand and Peru to export sensitive fresh produce to Asia using its COOLXtend CA+ controlled atmosphere solution for refrigerated containers, powered by Daikin Active CA technology.
In the first of two new programmes, ONE worked with New Zealand avocado grower Avanza on CA reefer container exports of its premium Hass avocados for the full season running from September 2018 to January 2019.
The avocado shipments have been loaded out of the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand primarily bound for Japan and Korea. The development follows an initial Proof of Concept trial of the Daikin Active CA technology by Avanza in December 2017, which successfully met expectations for low oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) settings that resulted in optimal quality at destination.
In the second new development, ONE has completed its first successful shipments of fresh mangoes from Peru to Korea using its COOLXtend CA+ solution.
Similar to the New Zealand avocado exports, COOLXtend CA+ has enabled the valuable fresh mangoes to be transported by sea over very long distances by altering the atmosphere inside the container to put the produce ‘to sleep’ and ensure quality is maintained during a sea transit of more than 8,000 nautical miles.
Steve Trickett, marketing and communications manager of avocado shipper Avanza, said: “Controlled atmosphere reefer technology is essential to our business as avocados are a high respiring cargo and need precise optimal atmosphere levels throughout transit to safeguard quality over long distances. While further analysis, trialling and refinements to our prescribed CA regime requirements may be required, we have been encouraged by the outcomes so far.”