Norway King Crab gets claws into Carrier Transicold’s Supra 85018 February 2016

Carrier Transicold’s Scandinavia operation has supplied bespoke refrigeration equipment for an unusual application – transporting live king crab.

Norway King Crab selected Carrier’s Supra 850 Nordic Silent unit for a 20-tonne vehicle, which is transporting loads of up to 7,000 king crab, each weighing up to 5kg and with legs as long as 1.2 metres.

Svein Ruud, CEO of Norway King Crab, says the crab must be kept in the optimum environment from the moment they are caught through to delivery to restaurants around the world: “A key stage in this process is a long-distance journey by road to Oslo, during which the king crab must be kept at a temperature of between 2 and 4 degrees Celsius.

“In winter months we face some of the toughest road and weather conditions in Europe, so we selected the Supra 850 Nordic Silent unit for its ability to operate in this extreme environment, coupled with its ability to not only cool, but also to warm the loadspace during winter.”

The system uses electrical and hot water heating to ensure continued operation in extremely low temperatures, delivering a refrigeration capacity of 7,810 watts at zero degrees Celsius, matched with airflow of 2,500 cubic metres per hour.

The cold weather performance is matched with low noise emissions, enabling the Supra units to operate in noise-sensitive areas.

The trucks also use telematics and Carrier’s DataCOLD 600 temperature recorders to capture the set point and air moisture within the loadspace – up to two years’ data is stored and can be accessed via a secure online portal.

This supports Nordic King Crab’s tracking system, with identity tags meaning individual crabs can to be traced to their precise catch area and throughout the delivery process.

Laura Cork

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