Maersk opens new cold chain facility in South Africa

maersk cold store

A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) will launch its second dedicated cold chain warehouse in South Africa, trading under the name of Precool Cold Storage.

According to a statement the Cold Store is a part of its existing warehousing and distribution site in Hammarsdale, in Kwa-Zulu Natal, and expected to be operational early January 2021.

Increasing the capacity of the existing cold store operations, which can handle temperatures from ambient to -25C and has dedicated sections for frozen and chilled cargo thereby serving the fruit, vegetable, concentrate and protein customers across South Africa.

What does the future hold for the cold chain?

Equipped with modern, state-of-the-art temperature controlling system that ensures the safety of sensitive cargo, catering for both export and import cargo to and from South Africa, the facility is equipped with a large capacity of Sterri chambers, for fruit requiring specialised cooling, Maersk said.

The carrier went on to emphasise the importance of maintaining quality when it comes to transporting perishable goods. It said this can only be guaranteed by experienced and competent personnel who have a thorough understanding of the specific requirements of the cold chain, a specific part of the supply chain related to refrigerated goods.

Powered and driven by a team hand-picked to ensure expertise in all aspects of perishable logistics, Maersk said its team possesses vast experience in the industry, which enables it to offer a personalised end-to-end solution.

Precool Cold Storage is strategically located 45kms from Africa’s busiest shipping terminal, the Port of Durban, in the conveniently accessible area of Hammarsdale, only 4kms from the N3 Highway, which is the Western corridor in Kwa-Zulu Natal that connects Durban Port to the rest of Southern Africa.

“Our mission is to be the preferred cold storage provider for temperature-controlled solutions throughout the perishable industry, providing flexibility to customers” says Manny Dos Anjos, CEO of Precool Cold Storage.

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