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Delivery firm races fish from Taiwan to the US

DPA , TAIPEI

US speed delivery giant the United Parcel Service (UPS) was flew 68 tonnes of live fish from Taiwan to a US aquarium yesterday, hoping to break the world record for transporting the largest amount of live fish.

Carrying 101,000 fish in 54 tanks, a UPS MD-11 freighter left Kaohsiung International Airport at 9am yesterday and flew to the US. The fish were ordered by the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

UPS hoped to complete the flight, with a refuelling stop in Anchorage, Alaska, in 32 hours to break the world record for moving the largest amount of fish in the shortest amount of time, the Far East Air Transport Co, UPS' Taiwan agent, said.

"The transportation of the fish from the fish farm to the airport began early in the morning. We were working against the clock because the longer the transport takes, the higher the risk," Far East Air Transport officials told reporters yesterday by phone.

The 13,000km journey presented logistical challenges, such as making tanks with an advanced marine life support system, special hoisting equipment at both facilities in Taiwan and the US, and maintaining balance in the water-filled tanks during flight.

The new Georgia Aquarium ordered the fish -- seven species of mostly tropical fish -- from the Linyuan Fish Farm for its Nov. 23 opening.

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