‘Nano-ice’ plant to serve 7,000 UAE fishermen

The Dubai Fishermen Association is the first to bring this technology to the Middle East.

An ice plant with a production capacity of 10 tonnes per day is expected to serve 7,000 fishermen throughout the UAE.

Nanoice, a company that specialises in post-harvest product preservation, holds the production rights to the ice plant. It was inaugurated by chancellor Ibrahim Bumelha, vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Charity and Humanitarian Establishment, and Maj Gen Mohamed Saeed Al Marri, chairman of the Dubai Fishermen Cooperative Association, reported Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister newspaper of The National.

Nanotechnology is used in the production of ice and fish preservation.

The Dubai Fishermen Association is the first to bring this technology to the Middle East. The technology used cools fish three times faster than normal cooling methods, and can bring the temperature of fresh fish down from 24° to 0° within five minutes. It also reduces labour costs by nearly a half, according to the association.

It works by absorbing the heat from the fish to preserve it from bacteria, keeping it at the same temperature inside and out and allows fish to be preserved for up to two weeks.

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Published: December 17, 2014 04:00 AM

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