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Maersk opens new cold store in South Africa

Maersk has announced the launch of its second dedicated warehouse in South Africa, trading under the name of its partner, Precool Cold Storage. To further increase its capabilities in serving the perishable industry in South Africa, Maersk is launching its coldstore in Hammarsdale, specifically designed for this customer segment while striving for a minimal carbon footprint.

The Cold Store is a part of the company’s existing warehousing and distribution site in Hammarsdale, in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, and is expected to be operational in January 2021.

The new facility will increase the total current capacity of the existing cold store operations by 8,100 pallets to 10,200 pallets, according to a Maersk spokeswoman.

Additionally, the cold store 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.

The new warehouse is equipped with a modern, state-of-the-art temperature control system that ensures the safety of sensitive cargo, catering for both export and import cargo to and from South Africa, according to an announcement, which says that the facility also has space for 2,360 pallets in sterilisation chambers, for fruit requiring specialised cooling.

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

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