Our processes

The quality is in the details

Our production process has been developed and refined to deliver products that satisfy our customers on all levels. From offloading of fish to fishmeal and fish oil production and canning, all aspects of the processes involved provide our customers with a better end-product.

Off-loading

Our offloading system uses recirculated water, resulting in less wastewater and decreased effluent. By limiting damage to fish during the offloading process, the quality of our product is enhanced.

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    From boat to fish pit

    Fish is sucked out of the vessel hold onto a dewatering belt that takes the fish to a hopper, where it is weighed, before being pumped to the fish pits.

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    Drainage on conveyer belts

    The fish slides onto a conveyor belt via a rotating valve. Most drainage takes place here, before the fish is turned over onto a second conveyor belt for further drainage, which results in dryer raw fish at the processing point.

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    From scale to pits

    The next stop is a scale, from where it goes to the fish pits.

Fishmeal production

After the fishmeal has been produced in the factory, it is transported to the bagging facility using air to the bagging facility. An automatic sampler valve takes a sample for every 1 000 kg fishmeal that goes to the bagging facility. For every batch, a bag of sample fishmeal is collected.

After bag filling the bags are sealed and ink jetted. These bags are packed onto pallets and combined into batches. Each batch represents 62 tonnes of fishmeal, enough for three 20-foot containers when exported.

Fish oil production

Canning process

After canning, the product is tested for quality before being labelled for our various customers. After labelling the cans are then shrink-wrapped into packs of 12 units. The packs are subsequently palletised automatically before being adequately wrapped and prepared for storage. We run 12-hour shifts in the cannery, which produces 10 000 cartons per shift.