Aerial image shows large 'ICE' sign atop a building at Bellingham Cold Storage.

Industrial Ice Sales at BCS

May 4, 2022

Back in 2012, Bellingham Cold Storage opened a huge completely revamped Ice House capable of producing up to 300 metric tons of flake ice — roughly equivalent to the weight of two 1,600-square-foot homes — every single day.

That’s a lot of ice.

What is all of this ice produced for? Primarily for fishing vessels heading out to sea; whatever they catch needs to be kept cold until the boats return to Port.

Some vessels have refrigerated sea water (RSW) systems to keep their catches cold, but even that chiller equipment can be augmented by ice. Most halibut and black cod rely on ice to chill their catch. They pull right up to BCS’ 200-foot commercial dock on the Bellingham waterfront and the new Bellingham Cold Storage Ice House blows up to 20 metric tons of flake ice right into the hatches of the fishing boat.

The new BCS Ice House holding bin capacity is 250 metric tons. When fishing vessels need ice for the Puget Sound or Alaska, Bellingham Cold Storage has the scale to provide it.

Industrial volumes of dockside ice an example of how customer needs are met at Bellingham Cold Storage.

BCS provides frozen, chilled, dry storage and handling food producers and third party logistics providers (3PLs) throughout the Pacific Northwest, Canada, United States, and Internationally. The company’s favorable location — with warehouses on the waterfront and adjacent to Interstate 5, on a major rail line – translate to cost effective logistics for many products stored at or shipping through BCS.

Piles of ice inside the ice machine.