An experienced Scottish fisherman and Icelandic engineer have joined forces to help Scotland’s aquaculture industry process and distribute fresh quality fish to all corners of the globe.
James Duthie set-up Slurry Ice Systems Ltd in Peterhead in 2007 as a mutual venture with Thorsteinn Viglundsson of Thorlce Ltd, which is an Icelandic and Danish company based in Reykjavik.
Both companies are leading suppliers of binary ice generators and machines used by a range of specialised food producers to chill fish, meat and vegetables for distribution.
The ice is in semi-liquid state which allows it to flow efficiently and quickly to chill the item for preserving both inside and out. Thorsteinn is the engineer behind the slurry ice equipment which is bespoke tailored for each individual client’s need. He also concentrates on sales in Scandinavia.
James covers the European sales and brings nearly three decades of experience in the commercial fishing industry to the partnership.
James, a former pelagic fisherman said: “I had a similar system on board my fishing vessel The Accord and had great faith in it. I saw the potential of slurry ice so decided to become involved in developing this further .”
The successful cooperative has been installing binary ice generators for a number of prominent aquaculture companies in Scotland and Scandinavia since 2010.
The Scottish Salmon Company is the leading producer of Scottish salmon in the country with farms and processing plants all across the West Coast and Hebrides. It provides 20,000 tonnes of Scottish salmon a year to customers worldwide, who expect the highest quality of produce.
The Scottish Salmon Company uses a Slurry Ice system to control the temperature of the fish during harvesting, processing and packing, to guarantee the salmon is as fresh as possible when it arrives at its destination.
Thorsteinn said: “The best way to increase the shelf life of fish is through rapid and controlled chilling as soon as it is caught. This will stop the biological process occurring in the flesh and lock in the freshness.”
He added: “The chilling process is something that cannot be reversed if you get it wrong, quality cannot be added later. That is why slurry ice is the best method to consistently chill the fish to the correct temperature and guarantee the best results every time.”
Marine Harvest in Fort William provides farmed Atlantic salmon and processed seafood to 50 markets worldwide. The renowned company has carried out extensive trials of a Slurry Ice binary generator over the last few months in cooperation with Thorstienn, and as a result has installed the largest system Slurry Ice Systems and Thortice Ltd has produced to date.
Thorsteinn said: “It is a turnkey system packaged into a 40 foot container and delivers seven tonnes of slurry ice an hour .It consists of two large slurry ice machines and per-cooler, all using environmentally friendly refrigerants and tuned to give the most effect for the least power consumption. The whole system is a PED certified refrigeration system.”
Binary ice generators and machines produced by Slurry Ice Systems Ltd and Thorlce Ltd can be adjusted to chill to a predefined temperature and run at performance levels to suit a variety of uses.
All the systems are eco-friendly as they use refrigeration charge this is not harmful to the atmosphere and also uses less electricity to produce ice.
To find out more about Slurry Ice Systems Ltd visit the website www.slurry-ice.com or telephone 07768 105036. To find out more about Thorice Ltd visit the website www.thorice.is or telephone 00354 8200038.
‘The chilling process is something that cannot be reversed if you get it wrong, quality cannot be added later . That is why slurry ice is the best method to consistently chill the fish to the correct temperature and guarantee the best results every time’