Mum­bai Air­port in­tro­duces: New cold stor­age fa­cil­ity for im­port

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Re­cently, Mum­bai In­ter­na­tional Air­port un­veiled its new cold stor­age fa­cil­ity — ‘MIAL Im­port Cold Zone’. Ac­cord­ing to air­port sources, it has been a crit­i­cal in­dus­try re­quire­ment to en­hance im­port cold stor­age ca­pac­ity at MIAL im­port fa­cil­ity. In­ter­est­ingly, the de­ci­sion to cre­ate the state-of-the-art ex­tended cold zone was taken by MIAL only in 2012. The new fa­cil­ity is ca­pa­ble of han­dling 860 MT of cargo at any given time with an an­nual through­put ca­pac­ity of 75,000 MT. The fa­cil­ity was in­au­gu­rated by

Ravin­der Sa­roop, Com­mis­sioner of Cus­toms – Im­ports, Roopam Kapoor, Com­mis­sioner of Cus­toms – Ex­ports) and Ra­jeev Jain (CEO, MIAL).

At this cold zone, the stor­age con­di­tion can vary from +15 to +25 de­grees Cel­sius. Ac­cord­ing to MIAL sources, this is the largest air­port-based fa­cil­ity in In­dia that can ac­com­mo­date cargo re­ceived from eight cargo air­craft at a time.

The cold zone is a mod­u­lar build­ing con­structed over an area of 1,400 sq mt with an op­er­a­tional area spread over 900 sq mt. “The fa­cil­ity is de­signed to han­dle all kinds of tem­per­a­ture-sen­si­tive prod­ucts, mon­i­tored with pre­cise tem­per­a­ture de­vices,” MIAL sources claim.

Key facts

1. Four-level rack­ing sys­tem with 1,148 skid po­si­tions

2. Hold­ing ca­pac­ity of each rack - 750 kgm

3. Three ded­i­cated doors (3x4.5mt = 2 nos; 1.2 x 2.1 mt = 1 no.)

4. Vol­ume ca­pac­ity 1733 cu­bic mt 5. Ded­i­cated ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment: two ar­tic­u­lated high-reach fork­lifts, hand pal­let trucks, in­frared ther­mome­ter, cool­ing sys­tem with in­built data-log­gers

6. Ded­i­cated stor­age area for haz­ardous goods

7. Con­tin­u­ous power sup­ply with ded­i­cated gen­er­a­tor back up

8. Tem­per­a­ture dis­play

9. Higher stan­dards of safety & se­cu­rity and risk-as­sess­ment

10. 24x7 se­cu­rity sur­veil­lance by CCTV cam­eras and pro­fes­sional se­cu­rity per­son­nel

ser­vice of­fered

1. Tem­per­a­ture record­ing at cargo ac­cep­tance

2. 24x7 tem­per­a­ture record­ing and mon­i­tor­ing

3. Cargo avail­able for reg­u­la­tory in­spec­tion within 6 hrs of re­ceipt of ULDs and doc­u­ments

4. Speedy trans­fer be­tween stor­age lo­ca­tion in­spec­tion area and de­liv­ery truck docks

5. Tem­per­a­ture record on re­quest

6. Cus­tomised han­dling through key ac­count and pre-alerts

7. Ded­i­cated cus­tomer ser­vice cell 8. On­line ship­ment sta­tus

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