Moscow Cargo” has launched commercial operation of the largest Russian cargo complex

Implementing the plan of airport’s strategic development the engineering and construction of the new cargo terminal with a capacity of 380 thousand tonnes per year is set to start in 2018

Air cargo operator of Sheremetyevo International Airport Moscow Cargo” started commercial operation of the cutting-edge and the largest cargo complex in Russia. It covers 43,200 square meters and has a handling capacity of 380,000 tonnes per year. Unprecedented in Russia, innovative systems installed in the new cargo terminal allow automating at least 60% of all production processes.

Alexander Ponomarenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC Sheremetyevo International Airport, emphasized: “The significant growth of cargo turnover at Sheremetyevo Airport and the rising demands of cargo airlines are owing to the worldwide trend that demonstrates a major increase in air freight traffic volume. Thus, it determines strategic development goals of Sheremetyevo International Airport: to establish itself as the leading European hub for global cargo flows. We face and welcome this challenge together with our key partners: PJSC Aeroflot, Volga-Dnepr Group and other cargo operators. By 2024, we expect to handle more than 700 thousand tonnes of cargo annually. To achieve this ambitious goal, the engineering and construction of the second cargo terminal with a capacity of 380 thousand tonnes per year is set to commence in 2018”.

The cargo complex launched at Sheremetyevo airport in the Fall this year meets the highest international standards of the ground cargo handling. The new terminal put in operation is technically advanced and significantly exceeds the level of technical equipment at other similar facilities in Russia. The cargo complex is equipped with a unique system for automated storage and processing, manufactured by Lödige. Automation level of production processes reaches 60%.

All cargo operations on domestic flights were successfully moved to the new terminal in just 2 months, making it a record-breaking time for similar-scale projects. New cargo terminal handles about 250 tonnes of cargo per day. Additional staff training program on systems and equipment operation was introduced to instruct personnel on running machineries previously unfamiliar in Russia.

The optimization of cargo handling processeswas completed with the direct participation of cargo sales experts, considering their experience, preferences and concerns. The most recent track of operations showed that after systemizing sustainable cycles of cargo reception and configuration, the assembly of a unit is completed 1.5 — 2 hours earlier than before.

To ensure smooth transition of cargo operations on international flights, they will be gradually relocated to the new complex over the next few weeks.

Reference: the total growth rate of cargo traffic volume at Moscow Cargo is 35% (January-November 2017) compared with the same period last year. Volume of transfer cargo on international flights pouring through Sheremetyevo increased by 80%.

Cargo terminal “Moscow Cargo” — the newest and the largest cargo complex in Russia with the area of 43,200 m2 and cargo handling capacity of 380,000 tonnes per year. The complex is equipped with Lödige automated cargo handling and storage system. It has separate container and bulk storage areas with joint automated operating system.

“Moscow Cargo” is equipped with Seven-level Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) that has 3,198 loose/pallet cargo storage locations. There is a Sizeable four-storey Pallet Container Handling System (PCHS) with a storage area for 576 Unit Load Devices (ULD), 60 of which are specially designed for temperature-sensitive ULDs (t from +2 to +8°С).

The complex has 13 conveyor lines with an access to the apron, 29 stations for cargo reception and delivery equipped with truck docks and dock shelters, 2 of which are designated for heavy and oversized cargo (including cars) and 2 — for express cargo and courier parcels.

“Moscow Cargo” has all necessary systems for handling different types of special cargo: 26 containers with adjusting temperatures, humidity control and gas fire extinguishing systems at valuable cargo storage areas. The terminal has soundproof rooms for animals and is capable to handle all types of unsafe cargo including explosive and radioactive materials.

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