Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC says it has the capacity – seven cold rooms and freezers fitted with the latest technology – to handle a huge volume of sensitive cargo including pharmaceuticals at specified and required temperatures.
SAHCO noted that with these facilities in place, it is ready to handle the COVID-19 vaccine which is expected to be made available to the public as its workers are well-trained with CEIV certifications to handle pharmaceuticals.
The General Manager, Corporate Communications of SAHCO, Mrs. Uansohia Vanessa Adetola disclosed to PortNews in Lagos yesterday.
According to her, ‘’SAHCO has continued to serve as the most effective Ground Handling Company in West Africa with the capacity to convey items at specified and required temperature. With a total of 7 cold rooms and freezers fitted with the latest technology to adapt the required temperature for any cargo, it is safe to say SAHCO PLC is a gateway for temperature-sensitive cargo.
‘’With an 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. These freezers and cold rooms which can be used as a hub for cargo from up to 12 to 15 aircrafts pallets each are equipped with temperature and data loggers which make it easy for specified logging of the right temperature.
‘’The Data loggers capture temperature at all areas individually unlike the conventional cold rooms that take the temperature of everything at once. These Data loggers are closely monitored by trained staff so as to prevent any anomalies in the temperature readings.
‘’The cold storage facility has a 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 degree Celsius while our cold rooms are above zero degree 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 meters and 5.3m high, the cubic volume is 310.05 cubic meters. This makes SAHCO the only Ground Handler capable of handling temperature-sensitive cargo of this capacity.’’
The communications manager said that SAHCO recently ordered cool dollies from one of 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,’’ said she.