Fishing for Sustainability
Few environments are as challenging as those on a fishing trawler. Fishing is a business in which time is money, and hygiene is of the utmost importance.
ACT.Global was asked to put Premium Purity™ to the test by a major Scandinavian fishing company, onboard one of their largest ships. It’s an environment where the crew stays at sea for days at a time and work hard around the clock regardless of the weather conditions. They also have to ensure a clean and safe environment for the crew and its catch.
Therefore the entire trawler was coated with ACT CleanCoat™, and we introduced cleaning with the environmentally friendly ACT ECA Water.
Most critically, Premium Purity™ was implemented on the production deck where a fresh catch is divided according to size, quality-controlled, and transferred to chambers where the fish can be frozen into blocks.
Cleaning the production deck is crucial, and under the old system it was a more cumbersome process that relied on harsh and corrosive chemicals.
With Premium Purity™ the production deck is now kept clean and anti-microbial through a safe and eco-friendly solution.
Implementing Premium Purity™ on the entire trawler resulted in a significant reduction of microbial load, keeping it well within the acceptable limit.
Graph: Development of TPC and ATP levels before and after implementation of Premium Purity™
Implementation of Premium Purity™
Max threshold TPC [CFU/cm2/threshold] ATP [fmol/threshold]
P1: Before implementation of Premium Purity™, P2: Six weeks after implementation, P3: Six months after implementation
The move away from harsh chemicals, protection clothes and masks also means there’s not any longer a need to close the production deck when it’s being cleaned with the safe and eco-friendly ACT ECA Water, which boosts efficiency.
The solution is also used in the “buffer tanks” where fish can be stored for hours, lowering the risk of unwanted contamination. The crew is also disinfecting their gloves and boots in an eco-friendly manner before they enter and leave the production area.
Switching to Premium Purity™ also has other environmental benefits such as eliminating the need for disposing harmful chemicals at the end of every cleaning procedure.