HIT introduces round-the clock remote box reefer monitoring system
IN a move to capture growing business opportunities in the cold chain logistics market, Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT) announced the launch of its Remote Reefer Container Monitoring System, establishing 24x7 automated remote management of refrigerated containers
11 April 2021 - 19:00
HIT, a part of Hutchison Ports' global network of port and logistics operations, said the initiative aims to enhance the terminals' operational efficiency and occupational safety by allowing for greater visibility and accuracy on container conditions such as temperature, humidity and CO2 level.
Prior to this, reefer workers would have to go on-site to check reefer conditions and alarms regularly.
'To stay ahead of the ever-changing market landscape, HIT has long been investing resources in bolstering its competitiveness through technological innovation, operational excellence and facilities improvement,' said Leonard Fung, managing director of HIT.
'The launch of the Remote Reefer Container Monitoring System is itself a cornerstone signifying the importance of digitalising terminal operations. This will go a long way in enhancing the holistic operational efficiency and competitiveness of our terminals while reaffirming the city's leading status in the cold chain logistics industry.'
The Remote Reefer Container Monitoring System has been fully deployed at HIT, Cosco-HIT and ACT, the biggest coverage of its kind in the Greater Bay Area, the company said.
According to MarketandMarkets.com, the global cold chain market size is valued at US$233.8 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach $340.3 billion by 2025.
Hong Kong handled around 900,000 TEU of reefer containers in 2020 and is the largest fresh fruit trading hub in South China. Fresh produce worth more than $3 billion arrives at Hong Kong annually, around 60 per cent of which is then transported onward to mainland China.
Currently, the port of Hong Kong deploys over 8,000 reefer points, surpassing all other terminals in the South China region. With a container handling capacity twice that of any terminal in the region, Hong Kong has set an unrivalled standard in the cold chain logistics industry, the company said in a statement.
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