Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) broke three record’s in the first week of November 2017.
In its giant SuperTerminal 1 facility, Hactl handled 31,280 tonnes of exports, beating its previous weekly record of 30,593 tonnes in November 2016.
In the same week, its overall total of 42,471 tonnes of cargo handled through the terminal beat its previous weekly best of 41,926 tonnes, also set in November last year.
Meanwhile, on the ramp, Hactl handled a staggering 102 freighters in a single day on 5 November – edging past its previous best of 101 freighters handled in a day, recorded on 23 November last year.
Says Hactl chief executive Mark Whitehead: “2016 was a year of records for Hactl, largely fuelled by the boom in Q4 resulting from the collapse of Hanjin. We have had no such extraordinary event to boost volumes in 2017, yet our 100 client carriers are all performing strongly and helping us to set new records.
“Our work on developing e-commerce export traffic via Hong Kong is clearly playing a part in the overall picture, and we are delighted to be able to contribute to our airline customers’ continuing success.”
Super Terminal 1 at a glance
- Opened 1998
- 395,000 sqm floor area
- 3,500 bay, multi-level container storage system, served by 40 fully-automated driverless ATVs
- Additional storage for 1,573 empty units
- 10,000 bay automated stillage storage/retrieval system for loose cargo (box storage system)
- More than 466 pallet workstations
- 313 truck docks
- 2,400 staff
- Facilities for livestock/bloodstock, perishables (30 dedicated truck docks), valuables (dedicated zone for handling 9 armoured vehicles simultaneously), hazardous/radioactive cargo
- Over 1,000 CCTV cameras throughout; card-controlled access; personnel-free cargo storage zones
- Design capacity: 3.5 million tonnes per annum
- Record throughput in one day: 10,184 tonnes
- Initial investment: US$1 billion