DHL Global Forwarding is investing in cold storage space and technology at its Certified Life Science Station in Puerto Rico.

    The US$650,000 investment in expanding the San Juan facility will benefit the life sciences and healthcare sector, the company said.

    DHL Global Forwarding, US’ David Goldberg noted the increased importance of temperature controlled logistics “in helping customers navigate the pandemic”.

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    He also said the investment was a “culmination of a meticulously planned facility that will further solidify our market leadership position in the logistics industry, and will offer all the necessary features and services to help our customers continue to grow as we see an increase in the need for medical supplies and vaccines”.

    The expansion project has featured:

    • Construction of a new deep-frozen cool room with a temperature range of -18.0°C to -30.0°C, permitting the pre-conditioning of passive containers, special blankets, boxes, and PCM units, while providing capability to store, load, unload and deliver customer products.
    • Additional cool room capability including additional 2-8°C storage, a temperature controlled cross docking area and sufficient space for RAP container handling, allowing for the simultaneous handling of multiple containers.
    • Expanded cool room to provide additional capability for short- and long-term cool room storage services.
    • Additional loading and unloading services for active and passive containers under the controlled ambient temperature (15-25°C & 2-8°C).
    • Improved temperature monitoring system software.
    • An additional generator to provide 100 per cent of power supply redundancy and add 100KW additional capacity.

    With the additional capacity and cold chain rooms, the facility also has the following temperature controlled capabilities dedicated to life science products:

    • +15°C to +25°C temperature controlled storage.
    • +2°C to +8°C temperature controlled storage.
    • +15°C to +25°C cross dock area.