Cathay goes into partnership with Sonoco for bulk containers

Cathay Pacific Cargo has gone into partnership with Sonoco ThermoSafe to lease the PharmaPort 360 temperature-controlled bulk shipping container.

The agreement enables pharmaceuticals shippers to lease the containers from the Hong Kong-based carrier and it gives Cathay Pacific more capabilities.

Cathay Pacific general manager for cargo service delivery, Frosti Lau said: “Sonoco’s reputation for quality perfectly aligns with our own high standards for service delivery.

“We are delighted to have this unique and world’s-first partnership with Sonoco ThermoSafe, and we are confident this collaboration will provide our customers with a consistent solution for the transportation of vital and life-saving pharmaceutical products.”

The PharmaPort 360 utilises proprietary hybrid technology to ensure extremely precise five degrees Celsius temperature control. Once charged, the PharmaPort functions like an active temperature controlled container without the energy consumption, or heat discharge of other compressor-based technologies.

The PharmaPort’s hybrid technology allows it to operate on battery power substantially longer than competing active units used for bulk air shipments, and it also eliminates the need for refrigerated trucks for lengthy truck lanes.

Additionally, it contains a fully integrated, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved telemetry system, providing real-time, cloud-based data on payload and ambient temperature, precisely synchronised with GPS location.

Sonoco Protective Solutions director of global marketing & business development, Vishal Khushalani said: “The PharmaPort 360 provides best-in-class active temperature control, while utilizing a hybrid technology that maintains strict +5°C control while providing real-time temperature and location visibility across the supply chain. The container is also easy to use and is versatile across transportation modes.

“By taking the extra time to build in the integrated telemetry, we were focused on providing advanced visibility to eliminate any opportunity for product loss.

“Everyone using the PharmaPort’s data services can view each container’s internal and external temperature and location at any time, and the transportation supply chain can respond effectively to any challenges that arise.”