Dnata rolls out cool dollies at Changi

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Air services provider, dnata has added cool dollies to its operation at Singapore/Changi Airport, becoming the first cargo handler to offer a fully integrated, temperature-controlled cool chain for pharma cargo in Singapore.

The containers have closed systems designed for the delivery of temperature-sensitive goods.

The new equipment allows temperature-sensitive cargo to be transported whilst maintaining the highest international standards, through the provision of temperature-controlled storage from -18°C up to +25°C.

Lim Ching Kiat, managing director, Air Hub Development, Changi Airport Group (CAG), commented: “CAG congratulates dnata for the implementation of cool dolly services in Changi Airport. Pharmaceuticals and perishables shipments are highly sensitive to temperature fluctuation and require stringent temperature control to maintain product effectiveness and freshness. The cool dolly services further enhance Singapore as a reliable and quality air hub for pharma and perishables products.

“Through close collaboration with our air cargo community, Changi Airport is committed to continuously develop our cold chain handling capabilities, providing shippers with the assurance of safe, reliable and efficient air transportation for their special cargo. Changi currently features the largest IATA CEIV Pharma certified air cargo community in Asia Pacific. Together with our community, we are preparing for the effective global air transportation of COVID-19 vaccines.”

Solar panels are fitted to the containers, making them environmentally friendly and autonomous. They are also easy to clean as well as hygienic, which is an important consideration for the transportation of pharma cargo.

The cool dollies also have alerts that are set off if the temperature fluctuates above or below an acceptable range.

The company currently operates a pharma and perishable handling centre at Changi Airport. Up to 75,000 tonnes of temperature-sensitive goods are capable of being process annually.

A cool chain facility was built with unique handling requirements in mind. The temperature-controlled areas within the facility are modular which enables teams to manage climate regulated capabilities.

IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators certified dnata for its pharma handling at Singapore Changi Airport.