Cathay Pacific signs container partnership with Sonoco ThermoSafe

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Cathay Pacific Cargo and Sonoco ThermoSafe have signed a partnership for the leasing of PharmaPort 360 temperature controlled bulk shipping containers.

The agreement enables pharmaceutical shippers to lease PharmaPort 360 containers directly from the airline, boosting Cathay Pacific’s Pharma LIFT capabilities and providing its customers worldwide with a hybrid option for moving time-sensitive, high-value medications by air.

Cathay Pacific general manager for cargo service delivery, Frosti Lau says: “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 precise temperature control, and once charged the PharmaPort functions like an active temperature controlled container without the energy consumption, or heat discharge of other compressor based technologies.

Its hybrid technology allows it to operate on battery power substantially longer than competing active containers and eliminates the need for refrigerated trucks for lengthy truck lanes.

The PharmaPort contains a fully integrated, Federal Aviation Administration 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 and business development, Vishal Khushalani says: “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.”