Situated on two sites on the harbour front of Europe's premier fishing port, Peterhead Ice Company serves the fishing industry within and around the port of Peterhead. We can supply bulk flake ice on a 24 hour 7 days a week basis with minimal notification. With a 100t per day production capacity and over 100t of bulk storage we can dispatch from 100kgs upwards of ice at a rate of up to 30 tonnes per hour directly into the hold of fishing vessels, or onto trucks and lorries for onshore processers and other customers.
"Tide and time waits for no man" and this is particulary true for the fishing industry. Fishing vessels put to sea and return with fresh catches at all hours of the day and all days of the week. The service we provide is tailored to accomodate the needs of this industry and we provide round the clock cover for ice supply and delivery.
A semi automatic discharge system with a flow rate of up to 30 tonnes per hour ensures a quick turn around for our customers. The ice can be loaded directly into the ice lockers in the hold of fishing vessels without the need of any additional handling, or can be loaded into pallet bins, or other containers on the quayside or back of trucks for land based deliveries.
We can produce 100 tonnes of flake ice per day which is kept in storage bunckers chilled to sub zero temperatures to ensure it is kept in pristine condition ready for immediate delivery to meet the days demands. Ice stock is also managed to ensure regular turn over of all ice in the stores to prevent compacting of older ice which affects the quality. Keeping ice as fresh as possible this way, requires a careful balance of matching production to demand and knowledge of our customers requirments on a daily basis.
Flake ice is the fishing industries ice of choice for cooling and preservation of seafood. Produced by trickling water down the surface face of the ice machines which are chilled to below -25 deg.C, the ice is taken off in flakes with a mechanical cutter when it reaches it's chosen thickness of around 2-4mm. This results in a small, flat particle size of ice which is light and free flowing making it easy to handle and use and gentle on the product. Additionally it provides great product coverage and excellent cooling properties as it flows into, and readily fills, gaps and corners of the packed product.
Surprisinly, modern refrigeration technology has as yet failed to replace the need for the use of ice in the preservation of seafood. Although it is certainly possible to chill seafood quickly and efficiently using air flow cooling, this results in a dry chilling which can be detrimental to the product. Ice provides a wet chilling where ample melt water is produced as it absorbs the heat from the product and surroundings and this helps to keep the produce in good condition. Fresh water ice also provides a self regulating sytem of temperature control, melting at a contant temperature of 0 Deg.C helping to protect against the risk of temperature variances which may result in localized insufficient chilling or freezing of the produce. In fact, a covering of ice will help insulate the produce from freezing due to incorreclty set, or innacurate temperature control of mechanical refrigerating systems.
The bulk density of flake ice is roughly 500kgs/cubic metre. This may vary depending on a number of things, but is accurate enough for calculating how much is necessary for a specific coverage. A standard pallet bin with a 600ltr capacity will hold approx 300kgs of flake ice and this is the figure that we use as a standard charge per bin of ice.
1 tonne of ice at 0 Deg.C will absorb just over 90Kw of heat before it melts completely - which means it provides a little over 90Kw of cooling. How quickly it absorbs this heat and how long the ice lasts will obvioulsy depend on various factors such as the temperature of product and surroundings and the size of the surface area that is exposed to these higher temperatures.