When the best fishing areas are too distant from the processing plants, Tri Marine sends its refrigerated carriers to nearby transshipment ports. There, fishing boats quickly unload their catch to the carriers and get back to what they do best, fishing.
Tri Marine's cargo vessels are period time chartered with complete operational control of the carriers, which includes all destinations and schedules for loading and discharging cargoes of frozen tuna.
Tri Marine charters reefer carriers to meet transshipment needs of its fleet of affiliated and contract fishing boats. These cargo vessels are modern and well maintained with all certificates and approvals necessary for calling at ports with the most severe regulations and safety standards.
The number of vessels in Tri Marine's fleet of refrigerated carriers varies with fishing conditions. During periods of good fishing, the fleet expands in support of Tri Marine's owned and contracted fishing fleets. Under normal conditions Tri Marine operates 10 to12 refrigerated carriers in the Western and Central Pacific and the Indian Oceans. Some of these vessels are designed to carry extra fuel for delivery to fishing vessels.
The carriers call at ports near fishing grounds where they rendezvous with Tri Marine's affiliated and contract fishing vessels for transshipment. The fishing boats transfer their frozen catch of tuna to the refrigerated carriers under the supervision of Tri Marine representatives, who verify the species and size breakdown of the catch. Once loaded, the carriers deliver their frozen cargoes of tuna to tuna processing plants around the world.