Sea-Invest NEW ULTRAMODERN FRUIT TERMINAL
Belgian New Fruit Wharf (BNFW) offers its customers a new, hyper-modern terminal of 24,000 m².
Belgian New Fruit Wharf (BNFW), a subsidiary of Sea-Invest, began construction of a new terminal in the Albert dock in March 2008. The old warehouses were demolished to make way for a refrigerated, automated fruit terminal of 22,000 m² and a dry storage facility of 2,000 m². The first ship moored here in February this year.
The new terminal in the Albert dock has a storage capacity of 9,600 automatic and 1,800 manual pallets, stacked eight high and two deep. Unloading the ships and bringing the pallets to the warehouse remains unchanged and is still done entirely manually. The automation, under the control of specialists, begins when the pallets arrive inside the warehouse, which is an unlit "black box." A computer-operated crane brings up to 600 pallets per hour inside, places them in position and comes back out with the pallets that have to be loaded onto trucks.
The BNFW refrigerated system guarantees perfect temperature and climate control at all points within the warehouse, where added value operations such as labelling, repackaging and quality control are carried out. Dummy pallets with sensitive measuring instruments record the climate conditions at various points within the warehouse, enabling the technicians to monitor and fine-tune them.
The company uses 100% "green electricity" from hydroelectric power stations in France, which means zero CO2 emissions. In the meantime it is investing in insulation of the warehouses and other measures to reduce energy consumption.
The official opening was held on 15 September 2010.
ColdHarvest situated in Paarl, has taken rail transport of reefer containers filled with export fruit to the next level.
In February 2009, ColdHarvest dispatched their first consignment of reefer containers with chilled fruit, loaded on flat deck container rail wagons from Dal Josafat, Paarl directly into Cape Town harbour with only a 2 hour break in the cold chain. At Dal Josafat the reefer containers were kept connected to a fixed 3 phase power supply until the train departed for Cape Town and was reconnected to a power supply on arrival in Cape Town Harbour.
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SEA-Invest is proud to announce that as from 31 July 2009, its subsidiary BNFW (Belgian New Fruit Wharf nv) acquired 100% of the shares of Seabrex Rotterdam from the Ebrex holding.
SEA-Invest is a Belgian, privately owned holding company with a long-lasting history in port handling. The activities started in the port of Ghent, to become a leading stevedoring company in Western Europe and in Africa. Today the Sea-Invest group is present in the following countries: Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Russia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, South Africa and the French West Indies.