The CMA CGM Group launches Aquaviva, a new generation of containers which allows for the safe carriage of live lobsters in their original sea water.
The development relies on CMA CGM's reefer expertise and the unique technology Innnopure developed by EMYG Environnement & Aquaculture.
Previously lobsters were carried either frozen by sea or alive and on ice by air freight. With the new Aquaviva container, they can now travel by sea in optimal conditions maintaining their natural habitat.
This replicates lobsters' natural living conditions, guarantees correct water temperature throughout, preserves proper oxygen levels thanks to Innnopure technology.
The news set off alarms at New York's Air Cargo World, which had long held that live lobsters were immune to a modal shift.
At the Cargo Facts Asia conference in Hong Kong some hoped that another commodity would take lobsters' place another just as mobile phones replaced laptop computers as an air freight staple.
But live lobsters, long the bread-and-butter of many transatlantic routes, once gone will be hard to replace, many realise.
As seafreight lobsters are carried in optimal conditions during the whole transport process within their natural water, from fishing area until arrival at wholesalers or restaurants. This guarantees first-day freshness and quality even over a long term conservation.
Global innovation resulting from collaboration between CMA CGM and EMYG Environnement & Aquaculture
The arrival of the Aquaviva container is the result of four years of research and development between CMA CGM reefer teams and EMYG Environnement & Aquaculture, a company specialising in water purification and filtration.
This global innovation offers a unique solution in the transportation of live lobsters. Initial markets will be North America and Europe. The collaboration will continue and will allowing maritime transportation for other live seafood.
Source : HKSG.