Hong Kong handling contest draws nine teams

by MM&D Online Staff
Hong Kong
VIP guests and the four Overall Winning Teams receive a round of applause from spectators.

Hong Kong, China— Nine teams entered this year’s International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition, organized by Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl).

AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Air Canada, Air China Cargo, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Cargo, IAG Cargo, Japan Airlines and Nippon Cargo Airlines each entered a team of four to take part in the contest, which was held at Hactl’s SuperTerminal 1 facility. It was the ninth year of the event.

The competition was judged by a panel of thirteen industry experts. Chief Judge for pallet building Sammy Mak of the Hongkong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics Limited (HAFFA), said: “Aviation safety begins on the ground. The building of cargo pallets demands extreme care, to avoid risk to aircraft and passengers. I’m delighted to be a part of this unique and praiseworthy initiative that promotes excellence in safe loading of cargo onto pallets.”

Steve Hu of Occupational Safety & Health Council, Chief Judge for the forklift competition, added: “Operating fork trucks in the fast-paced airfreight handling environment holds many potential dangers, and we welcome Hactl’s move to develop driver skills and improve safety awareness.”

Some 300 spectators attended this year’s event, including numerous Hong Kong government offficials.

The overall winning team, with the highest total points, was Nippon Cargo Airlines; it also collected the Pallet Building Competition Champion award.

IAG Cargo meanwhile won the Forklift Driving Safety Award, and scooped the award for Forklift Competition Champion.

Introducing a light-hearted element to this year’s proceedings, there were also prizes for the loudest cheering team; the gold award went to IAG Cargo.

Says Hactl Chief Executive Mark Whitehead: “We were very proud to host this event once again, helping to drive home the importance of high standards in ground handling, to aviation and workplace safety.

“Hactl has always been passionate about promoting best practices, and it was great to see the fun, and camaraderie of all the participants, at the “après-ski” party!”

Results of the Competition

Overall Winners:
Champion: Nippon Cargo Airlines
First Runner-up: Japan Airlines
Second Runner-up: IAG Cargo
Third Runner-up: Air China Cargo

Forklift Competition:
Champion: IAG Cargo
First Runner-up: Nippon Cargo Airlines
Second Runner-up: Japan Airlines
Third Runner-up: China Southern Cargo

Pallet Building Competition:
Champion: Nippon Cargo Airlines
First Runner-up: China Eastern Airlines
Second Runner-up: AirBridgeCargo Airlines
Third Runner-up: Japan Airlines

Forklift Driving Safety Award: IAG Cargo