… equipped to handle COVID-19 vaccine
To deliver improved services to its numerous customers, the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC has positioned itself to handle huge volume of temperature sensitive cargo
With a total of seven cold rooms and freezers fitted with the latest technology to adapt the required temperature for any cargo, SAHCO PLC has become a gateway for temperature sensitive cargo.
Having experienced well-trained staff with CEIV certifications to handle pharmaceuticals, SAHCO is positioned to handle the COVID-19 vaccine which is expected to be made available to the public soon.
According to a statement from the Ground Handler, signed by its Manager, Corporate Communications, Mrs. Vanessa Uansohia, Sthese freezers and cold rooms which can be used as hub for cargo from up to 12 to 15 aircraft pallets each are equipped with temperature and data loggers which make it easy for specified logging of the right temperature.
It said the data loggers capture temperature at all areas individually, unlike the conventional cold rooms that take temperature of everything at once, adding that these data loggers are closely monitored by trained staff so as to prevent any anomalies in the temperature readings.
“The cold storage facility has different temperature that ranges from; +2 degrees Celsius to + 8 degrees Celsius, -2 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius, +15 degrees Celsius to +25 degrees Celsius, +2 degrees Celsius to +5 degrees Celsius.
“Our freezers are below zero degrees Celsius while our cold rooms are above zero degrees Celsius. SAHCO’s largest cold-room is 118.9square meters and the cubic volume is 630.17 cubic meters while the smallest cold-room is 58.5 square metres and 5.3m high, cubic volume is 310.05 cubic meters.
“This makes SAHCO the only Ground Handler capable of handling temperature sensitive cargo of this capacity.
“In addition, SAHCO provides effective transit Ground Handling Services to client airlines through the company’s ultra-modern transit warehouse which is also equipped with an effective cold-room that regulates perishables at their required specified temperature to avoid denaturing.
“The transit warehouse is built solely to serve Airlines from West Africa for the purpose of transiting their perishables to Europe through Lagos, Nigeria,” the statement read in part.
Recently, SAHCO has ordered Cool dollies from one of the best Ground Support Equipment Manufacturer, Bombelli in Italy to help transmit perishables from the aircraft at a constant temperature into the warehouse and maintaining the same temperature while being transmitted into another aircraft to Europe if need be.
These Cool Dollies are also self-powered which ensures that there would not be a drop in temperature during the handling of any temperature sensitive cargo especially in the case of pharmaceuticals.