ACUNIS builds cargo terminal at Nairobi airport-Mitchell Cotts optimizes handling of perishables and dry cargo

Logistics services provider Mitchell Cotts has expanded their capacity at the Nairobi airport in the East African country of Kenya. The company has commissioned a new cargo terminal for perishables and dry cargo. In its first construction stage, the facility is designed for an annual throughput of 80,000 tons. Plans are already in place to expand to 150,000 tons per year. ACUNIS, a joint venture of Unitechnik and AMOVA specializing in air cargo, is responsible for implementing the project. Delivery of the 9,000 m² terminal is scheduled for May 2017.

Mitchell Cotts is one of the largest logistics enterprises in Kenya. The new cargo terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi lets service providers import and export different types of commodities as well as export perishable goods such as fruit, vegetables and spices even faster and more efficiently in the future. One of the major challenges of building a new terminal was integrating all of the required areas such as warehouse space and break rooms/communal areas as well as customs clearance in the relatively dense overall available space. The solution foresees dividing the facility into two separate storage areas with virtually identical layout, one for dry goods and another for perishables. The latter is installed in a cold storage warehouse capable of regulating temperatures down to 2°C.

Each storage area includes a high-bay store (HBS), a Euro pallet store, a small parts warehouse as well as a section for bulky goods. Air cargo containers (unit load devices, ULD) measuring up to 15 feet and weighing a maximum of 6.8 tons are stocked in the HBS. To use the existing space optimally, the HBS is offset so that it is three levels high on the land side and four levels high on the air side. Two elevating transfer vehicles (ETV) from ACUNIS are used to store and retrieve ULDs at heights of up to 10 meters. As an air cargo specialist, ACUNIS is also supplying the conveying and handling systems for completion of the terminal's interior, such as roller conveyors and industrial trucks, work stations as well as loading and unloading bridges for trucks.
 
UniWare controls the movement of goods
The tried and tested warehouse management system UniWare handles storage management. The software constantly tracks all manual and automatic warehouse zones and controls the movement of goods in receipt, warehouse, build-up and break-down. UniWare records ULDs directly when they arrive at the cargo terminal and tracks them throughout the entire freight flow through the facility. Staging freight containers for the next flight guarantees rapid loading of the cargo planes. The infinitely variable zoom option for visualization of the facility in UniWare also at any time, a detailed overview of the entire plant and the flow of goods.

Specialist in turn-key cargo logistics

ACUNIS specializes in the planning and engineering of air cargo terminals and was established in 2015 by a cooperation of branch specialists Unitechnik and AMOVA. The new cargo terminal in Kenya is the second project the joint venture has built in the African continent. ACUNIS is currently building Africa's largest cargo terminal for Ethiopian Airlines at the Addis Abeba Airport.