Trident Seafoods needed a reliable and effective refrigeration solution for one of its main seafood-processing vessels, the 338-foot Alaska Packer. Operating in the rich but unforgiving waters of the North Pacific, the processor ship is an important member of the company’s fleet, playing a key role in Trident’s “From the Source to the Plate®” fishing, processing and distribution operations.
Trident Seafoods contracted with Logix to replace a mechanical ship-board system that couldn’t deliver the blast tunnel uptime and temperature control parameters required in the demanding at-sea environment. Logix met with Trident, learned the details of their needs, and addressed them with a control solution that included adjustable dwell time “recipes,” flexible defrost management tools, an intuitive user-interface, and operating data reporting features that provide continuous feedback and aid ongoing improvements to their mission.
The on-board Logix system virtually eliminated unplanned downtime on the ship’s two blast freezing lines. This benefit added from one to one-and-a-half hours of processing time per day. In addition, the ship’s refrigeration engineer was able to gain in-depth insight into the freezer lines’ status and operations, and can now easily alter the freezing cycle to accommodate different fish sizes and species. Overall, the Logix system supports Trident Seafoods’ quality objectives by ensuring that the processed fish attains and maintains the optimum processing temperatures.