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cargo world have achieved CEIV Fresh certification, although, no doubt more will soon come online. The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) – with partners Cathay Pacific, Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL) and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) -- is the world’s first airport community to receive the IATA CEIV Fresh certification. This is because of AAHK’s high standards at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for efficient, dedicated facilities and services using stringent temperature- controlled processes. One example: AAHK provides over 30 cool dollies for the airport community and is building apron shelters to protect perishables from ambient weather elements. Hactl and CPSL achieved

IATA CEIV Fresh Certification because of their IATA- compliant standards in handling perishable products, in respect of both facilities and operations. The two cargo terminal operators offer cold rooms at HKIA. These are set at tailored temperatures for various kinds of perishable cargo, such as live seafood, fruits and vegetables, and frozen meat. Their staff training and handling process have also been assessed and certified for their compliance with the global industry standards.

Miami International Airport (MIA), which handles 63% of all perishables that enter the United States by air. (MIA Photo)

Hactl began preparations

for IATA CEIV Fresh in October 2018, which included IATA training for key staff and refining its terminal and processes. Hactl identified four critical control points where improvements could be made such as the use of thermal dollies

to maintain

optimum temperatures. Other upgrades included the segregation of different perishable commodities through dedicated truck docks, and the mapping and visual marking of optimum storage positions in its cool rooms. Hactl also installed dedicated active ULD charging areas, tightened already stringent hygiene and pest-control practices, and instructed suppliers regarding what they must do to comply with the new standard.

Extensive Carrier Offerings

Air cargo carriers offer specialized services that cater to perishable shipments. AA Cargo’s Expedite TC program, which is designed for passive and active temperature control monitoring during transportation. AA Cargo also offers a cooling service called AA Cool Perishables, which provides pre-cooling for shipments at the Miami gateway. United Air Cargo has years

of experience developing efficient handling procedures to ensure that shipments arrive on time. United offers flights seven days a week and can ship perishables to virtually anywhere in the world via its extensive network.

In the air, the carrier offers

a temperature-controlled compartment for produce. On the ground, refrigeration facilities are available at over 100 locations. Among the carrier’s

features are airport-to-airport air freight service; booked on selected flights; interlining available; and highest priority and special handling. Alaska Air’s perishable

shipping experience spans eight decades, particularly serving the seafood capital of North America – the state of Alaska. Employees at the cargo arm of the airline are well versed in handling and delivering perishables so that they arrive in pristine condition and on time, every time. According to its website:

“Our customer service and knowledge of perishable shipping is something we take seriously; from temperature controlled cool and cold chain capabilities, to dedicated training for all agents about perishable shipping.” Alaska Air Cargo accepts perishable goods including fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh and frozen seafood, other foodstuffs, hatching eggs, and flowers. The carrier advises shippers on packaging and ice requirements to ensure products are protected and maintain proper freshness, such as boxes for fresh salmon or totes for live crab. Other detailed instructions and guidelines for shipping perishables will be provided at booking. Perishable items must

be packaged to withstand 48 hours in transit without refrigeration. Gel ice packs are

///AIR CARGO Carrier Transicold Introduces

Wireless Container Refrigeration Unit Controller

Shipping line personnel can now monitor and access container refrigeration unit operations from a smartphone or tablet, thanks to Carrier Transicold’s new Micro-Link® 5 controller, the industry’s first container refrigeration unit controller with wireless connection capability for improved visibility, diagnostics, convenience and productivity. The Micro-Link 5 controller allows to

personnel interface with refrigerated

containers via Carrier Transicold’s new DataLINE Connect™ app for mobile devices without any physical contact with the refrigeration unit itself. That means operators standing dockside or on a ship deck can securely monitor temperature readings, check alerts, review diagnostics and download data from nearby Carrier Transicold refrigerated containers, even if the containers are stacked high above. The DataLINE Connect app provides information-rich, intuitive displays so operators can quickly and easily see and respond to relevant container information. Wireless connectivity, while a key benefit

of the new controller, is just one of several advances over Carrier Transicold’s standard Micro-Link 3 controller, which has long been an industry workhorse. The new controller features a 32-bit ARM processor that is 150 times faster than its predecessor, has twice as many inputs/outputs, enabling the use of

additional sensors and significantly

expanding its range of capabilities, and offers a port for direct data exchange for software updates and data downloads using a USB flash drive or direct PC connection. Significantly, the Micro-Link 5 offers expanded memory for data storage and programming – up to 2,000 times more than the current product. The Micro-Link 5 controller’s optional back-

up battery offers another industry first: the application of “smart battery” technology – commonly found on smartphones today – to container refrigeration unit control. The rechargeable smart battery can prioritize operations based on charge level. For

recommended, as wet ice is prohibited. Styrofoam coolers are not allowed as outer packaging.

Hawaiian Air

Cargo offers special handling for perishables, including seafood, flowers and nursery stock. According to Dana Knight, Director, Commerical Cargo, “Temperature control is a challenge that all air carriers deal with. But Hawaii, being warm year-round, means we have to be consistent on our game from tail to tail transfers to immediate planeside retrieval.”

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maintain critical USDA sensor data recording and disable nonessential activities. The smart battery also indicates charge level and remaining service life, helping users get maximum use from a battery, rather than prematurely replacing it. “This represents a major leap in visibility,

accessibility and functionality compared to traditional controls,” said Willy Yeo, director of marketing, Carrier Transicold. “Wireless technology enables greater and more convenient customer access to their container refrigeration systems for greater productivity. The Micro-Link 5 controller offers the potential to support more features and digital offerings.” While it encompasses multiple advances

and new features, the Micro-Link 5 controller uses the same external display and keypad as Carrier Transicold’s standard controller, to ensure familiar manual configuration. The new controller is designed for improved serviceability over

its predecessor, with

features such as more convenient positioning of connector ports and better self-diagnostics that provide a higher level of detail for technicians when troubleshooting alarm conditions. The Micro-Link 5 controller is now available

in limited production as a premium upgrade for Carrier Transicold container refrigeration equipment.

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