PACTL tests new eco-friendly cool centre
NOV 16, 2015: Shanghai Pudong Int’l Airport Cargo Terminal (PACTL) is about to open its new eco-friendly cool centre. Trial operations started recently after the authorities had approved all the necessary licences. The facility is due to go into full operation early next year. The cool centre covers a total area measuring more than 3,500 square meters and features various different climate zones that support continuous cool chains in line with international standards. It has been designed for the safe, efficient and transparent handling of up to 100,000 tonnes of temperature-sensitive air cargo per annum. “Our new cooling facility will enable us to keep meeting the requirements of our airline customers, which are increasingly offering and developing their hi-tech perishable and pharmaceutical services,” says Lutz Grzegorz, vice president of PACTL. “So far, the trial operations have run as smoothly as expected. As all the cooling cells are working in a stable manner, we’re now about to install roller beds and open a tractor channels to connect the cool center with the apron,” he continues. “As we’re making use of eco-friendly cooling technology, we’re also contributing to the climate footprint of the air cargo industry,” he adds. PACTL uses new non-toxic refrigerants and operates electrically powered tugs and forklifts. The company’s waste management system also makes use of recycling technologies.