(15 Jan 2021)
Cathay Pacific Cargo has used its many years of
experience in transporting pharmaceutical shipments to develop a
vaccine solution specifically for the fast and effective
distribution of COVID19 vaccines across the globe.
Cathay Pacific Director Cargo Tom Owen said, “With
our 20 dedicated freighters and cargo bellies of passenger
aircraft supporting our extensive freighter network, we stand
ready to assist with what will be the biggest humanitarian
response to a situation involving civil aviation that anyone has
Cathay Pacific Cargo is progressively rolling out
Ultra Track as a key part of the vaccine solution. The new track-and-trace system monitors information
including temperature, GPS location, and humidity, using
low-energy bluetooth readers. This gives shippers and forwarders
near real time visibility, and ensures vaccines will remain within
their transportation temperature ranges.
In addition, shipments using Ultra Track will also
be monitored by the newly established Operations Control Centre.
Based in Hong Kong, and staffed by dedicated cargo professionals
24/7, the team can instruct ramp and cargo terminal staff to take
proactive steps to ensure the various storage requirements of
vaccines are maintained.
“Ultra Track will allow forwarders to
monitor the condition of their vaccine shipments in near real
time,” Owen said. “It will be progressively rolled out through the first
quarter of this year, and we will be offering the service free of
charge for any COVID19 vaccine shipments.”
The combined approach follows on from an
airport-wide recertification of IATA’s CEIV Pharma accreditation at Hong Kong International Airport.
Cathay Pacific Cargo, the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal managed by
Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL) and ground-handling
subsidiary Hong Kong Airport Services (HAS) have all been
re-certified, offering a complete level of quality assurance at
every stage of the import and transhipment journey.
The Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal is being
expanded to offer more temperature controlled capacity. While it
is currently able to temporarily hold and transit 6.6 million
doses of vaccine a day, there is more to come.
“We have just expanded so that it can handle
more than seven million doses, and there will be more cold storage
coming online soon. This new cold room storage will be able to
handle a further 1.6 million doses,” Owen added. “With the vaccine being so valuable and in such
limited supply, it’s critical that we get it right at every stage
of the journey. We are confident about meeting the challenge, and
we stand ready to play our part.”