Extraordinary situation will require extraordinary measures.
“NCL is ready to assist with the transport of salmon to Europe and the world. Throughout the weekend, we have been working to procure a significant amount of refrigerated containers to increase our existing fleet,” said CEO Bente Hetland to SalmonBusiness.
“Upon demand, these are positioned at Norwegian ports where the business community needs them. We can assist in simplifying logistics out of Norway,” she added.
The shipping service area runs along the entire Norwegian coast and covers much of Europe.
“Last week we introduced support measures for Norwegian business by offering all customers four weeks free storage of dry goods in all Norwegian ports, and will come up with further measures during the coming week to join the Norwegian dugnad and further assist the business community,” she continued.
“NCL has 26 years of experience in freight transport at sea, both refrigerator, freezer and dry goods and wants to contribute. Therefore, we are also prepared to phase in a significant increase in capacity, as well as add new destinations to the route network if the need for sea transport increases,” said Hetland.
NCL has a fleet of four vessels and offers shipping in 20, 40 and 45-foot containers.
“On an ongoing basis, NCL is considering whether to introduce the spraying of containers with OXYL-PRO to disinfect everything from containers, fittings, handles, generally all of our equipment that can come into contact with food or people in the worst-case scenario. Salmon will then have a good starting point for reaching the customer safely. Local drivers handle collection, local ports handle loading on ships, and NCL organizes transport from Norway to the destination,” she added.
Have you had experience with shipping fresh salmon from before?
“No, we haven’t shipped fresh salmon before. However, we are confident that the speed and capacity of our vessels will be at least as good a solution as a truck, and we are confident that the salmon industry will be satisfied with the results,” said Martin Torkelsen, business development manager at the shipping company.
“We understand that transit time and uninterrupted power supply throughout the transport phase are important. With over 200,000 tonnes of frozen fish shipped last year, we have broad experience with these logistics requirements,” he pointed out.