Sea vs air: even sharks prefer to be flown

Forwarder Davies Turner’s air cargo team has helped transfer the first-ever Sand Tiger Sharks bred in captivity from South Africa to the UK.

The shipment was facilitated by Davies Turner Air Cargo’s (DTAC) Aquatics team which acted as clearance and handling agent in the UK and was responsible for road delivery to Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium from London Heathrow airport.

The fish were transferred by road from Durban to Johannesburg using a ventilated closed truck. They were flown to London Heathrow Airport, with the movement from the aircraft to the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (ARC) undertaken by a temperature-controlled truck, set at 22 degrees Centigrade.
 
Ben Southern, livestock manager, Davies Turner Aquatics joined staff from the aquarium to oversee the arrival and observe water changes to the tanks in which the sharks travelled before they were then trucked to Plymouth on the same temperature-controlled truck.

Davies Turner Group chairman Philip Stephenson said: “Moving living cargo always presents unique issues; they are after all the most perishable of freight. Our staff worked in close co-operation with the ARC, the aquarium and the airline to ensure the safe arrival in the UK and transfer to Plymouth of these lovely creatures.”

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest europe news

British Airways’ UK cargo workers call off first three days of strike

By Damian Brett

British Airways’ cargo handlers in the UK have called off the first three days of strike action that were due…

Read More

Share this story

Dutch shippers warn of air cargo disruption due to new Covid-19 rules

By Damian Brett

Dutch shipper and logistics groups are warning that air cargo supply chains could face disruption as a result of new…

Read More

Share this story

Bolloré Logistics joins AFKLMP’s SAF programme

By Rachelle Harry

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) has partnered with Bolloré Logistics to launch a low-carbon airfreight route between France and the…

Read More

Share this story