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03/11/2015 - Corporate

Fish first for Davies Turner

Davies Turner, the UK’s leading independent freight forwarder, has helped to bring the first-ever sand tiger sharks bred in captivity from South Africa to the UK.
The movement 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 from London Heathrow.
The two sand tiger sharks, cousins to the great white shark, were destined for the Plymouth National Marine Aquarium (PNMA), the UK’s largest aquarium. The sharks, named Tony and Storm, were exported from the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR), a not-for-profit organisation in Durban.
The fish were transferred by road from Durban to Johannesburg using a ventilated closed truck. They were flown by British Airways flight to LHR. The movement from the airline to the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (ARC) was undertaken by a temperature-controlled truck, set at 22o C.
Ben Southern, Livestock Manager, Davies Turner Aquatics joined staff from the PNMA to oversee the arrival and observe water changes to the tanks in which the sharks travelled before they were then trucked to PMNA on the same temperature-controlled truck.
Davies Turner Group Chairman Philip Stephenson explained: “Sharks can have a bad press but these two pose no threat. 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, PMNA and the airline to ensure the safe arrival in the UK and transfer onto to Plymouth of these lovely creatures.
“The sand tiger shark is vulnerable in the wild and the work of people like PNMA and SAAMBR is invaluable in man’s belated attempt to protect the species. It may be a cousin of the great white shark but the sand tiger would rather swim away than attack a human being. DTAC is pleased that we have played a useful role in the first ever movement of sand tiger sharks bred in captivity from one aquarium to another.”
Davies Turner Aquatics is one of several niche or specialist services that DT Air Cargo is now developing in addition to its general airfreight and supply chain management services. Davies Turner Aquatics has specialist expertise in moving a wide range of fish and associated products, offering consultancy in meeting individual requirements, or building long-term partnerships with clients, suppliers and partners worldwide.
The Aquatics team handles both freshwater and marine fish as well as plants and invertebrates. DT Aquatics only provides services for bona fide importers of ornamental fish, and public aquaria for conservation purposes but not for research.

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