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Ice Machines for the seafood and fishing boat industry

One of the most important challenges in the seafood industry is the effective control of bacteria. A strong weapon against bacteria is cooling and freezing. If the temperature drops below freezing, the growth of micro-organisms decreases rapidly. On one hand it is due to the decrease in temperature, on the other hand it is because the water activity decreases. In the fish processing industry regulations have been tightened up so bacteria poisoning of fish, shrimp and shellfish is prevented. The fish are handled with care at the fish auction and on board by being rinsed, cleaned, sorted and stored in ice.

Chilling Fish With Flake Ice

At every fish auction there are large Ice Machines that produce 5 - 10 tons of ice per day. The ice flakes comes in flat pieces from the Ice Machine. The large surfaces of the ice shards make direct contact with the fish for proficient cooling. The absence of sharp points in these ice shards prevent damage to the fish. The ice has a temperature of 20°F.

On every fishing boat there are one or two ice machines on board that produce flake ice. These are often relatively small machines that can handle capacities of up to 5 tons every 24 hours.

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The Ice Machines from Omega are perfect for the seafood industry. The robust design cannot be broken and the cooling plates can easily be cleaned with a high-pressure cleaner.
The Ice Machines can be cooled with the refrigerant of your choice to the desired temperature. Our ice machines are custom made so they are tailored to your specific needs.

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