Application of controlled atmosphere technology to sea van shipments of fresh produce is saving the Defense Department and U.
To achieve optimum results in its CA sea van experiment, the DLA looked for additional ways to compensate for the significant time difference between air delivery and sea delivery of fresh produce to Guam.
The DLA now can much more accurately anticipate and prepare for customer needs and make optimum use of sea van freight space.
Those savings are expected to rise dramatically (up to $8 million annually) as the CA sea van technology is applied to fresh produce shipments to Korea, Okinawa and other Pacific Rim destinations.
In September of that year, the DLA and the DSRPAC began to lay the groundwork for the Pacific Surface Initiative--a plan to test the effectiveness of shipping fresh produce in CA sea vans.
Order and shipping time for the MA sea vans from Oakland to Guam now is about 17 days.
Airlift shipments have been all but eliminated in favor of the CA sea vans.
The sea vans have successfully transported practically every kind of fruit and vegetable imaginable--including many which typically do not travel well.
The Guam experiment has demonstrated that in addition to extending fresh produce shelf life, the proper mix of CA gases can kill insects and quarantinable pests in sea vans during ocean transit.