Fully temperature-controlled, 1,250-square-metre centre is capable of processing 235,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals per year, doubling the terminal’s existing cold storage area and capacity
By Will Waters
Hong Kong air cargo handler Cathay Pacific Services Ltd (CPSL) this month opened a fully temperature-controlled area of over 1,250 square metres dedicated to the handling of pharmaceutical products – its newest facility at the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal.
The new facility is capable of processing 235,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals per year, doubling the terminal’s existing cold storage area and capacity. It is the largest dedicated pharma handling centre of any Hong Kong-based air cargo terminal.
The purpose-built Pharma Handling Centre “was designed and built with unique pharma-handling requirements in mind, taking advantage of the latest technologies and designs to offer peace of mind temperature-sensitive cargo solutions for customers”, the company said.
The new Pharma Handling Centre is directly connected to the terminal’s Container Handling System (CHS) “to ensure prompt acceptance, storage and delivery and has been built to IATA CEIV Pharma standards”.
The centre is one part of CPSL’s ‘Total Cold Chain Solution’ “ensuring valuable cold chain shipments remain at the optimal temperature from the moment they arrive at the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal to the moment they depart, transferring them as safely, efficiently and quickly as possible”, the company said. CPSL also has a 1,250 square-metre multi-temperature-zone cold room, a perishable-handling centre for immediate perishable handling, thermal dollies for transfers between aircraft and terminal, “as well as our internet of things (IoT) enabled MobiFresh solution”.
Real Time Temperature Monitoring: The web-based monitoring system facilitates real-time temperature and humidity management (with over 60 temperature sensors) to ensure all handling is under the controlled ambient temperature (15oC to 25oC).
Temperature Controlled Dock Shelter: The temperature-controlled lobby includes truck docks with inflatable shelters for virtually airtight sealing for vehicles, maintaining optimal temperature during acceptance and delivery.
Multiple Charging Points: Utilising an innovative suspended mobile power system, including 45 movable charging points in the staging area to accommodate active container charging to support their continuous operation for onward flights.
Sustainability: The Pharma Handling Centre utilizes non-ozone depleting HFC refrigerants and has been built with 420 high-thermal insulation panels and inflatable dock shelters to be energy efficient.
Mark Watts, CPSL Chief Operating Officer, said: “Our investment in the new Pharma Handling Centre demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement, ensuring that we can provide fast and dependable handling for the growing pharma market for many years to come.”
Tom Owen, CPSL Chairman said, “This supports CPSL’s vision to become the world’s most customer-centric air cargo terminal operator and further strengthens the status of Hong Kong as a leading international aviation hub for temperature-controlled shipments.”
Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways, operating the latest air cargo facility in Hong Kong – Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal (CPCT). The Terminal provides a full span of air cargo services for airlines operating at Hong Kong International Airport and is capable of handling an annual throughput of 2.7 million tonnes.