Hamburg Airport is getting ready for the future of airfreight with the Hamburg Airport Cargo Center (HACC). This morning, 180 guests celebrated the topping-out ceremony for the approximately 50-million euro construction project. The modern buildings and facilities on Weg beim Jaeger will replace the existing 1960s Air Cargo Center, ensuring optimal airfreight processing
and handling in Hamburg.
"Our goal as airport is to take a leading role in the development of infrastructure provi-sion for Hamburg as a center of aviation and airfreight. HACC, with its modern and fu-ture-proof design, is a decisive building block in this process,"said Michael Eg-genschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport at today's topping-out ceremony at Weg beim Jaeger. He emphasised that "airfreight is an integral component of Hamburg Airport's corporate strategy." The company is investing a total of around 50 million euros in the logistics facility at the airport site. The new development has become necessary because the existing facilities are no longer sufficient to meet the growing requirements of quick and efficient airfreight handling.
Efficient space planning results in improved processes
The concept for the new logistics facility on Weg beim Jaeger was developed in collabo-ration with the forwarding agents, airfreight handlers, and cargo airlines already based at the airport. The aim was to plan the use of space on the basis of actual requirements of future users, thereby maximising the efficiency of operational freight handling pro-cesses, from the truck loading ramp to goods-in, from screening to aircraft loading. State-of-the-art screening technology will ensure that the processes for the legally man-dated security checks run smoothly. "Infrastructure that is aligned with processes saves time and money - and is therefore especially attractive for our customers," explains Al-exander Mueller, Director of Cargo at Flughafen Hamburg GmbH, whose responsibilities include rentals and tenancy at the site.
Annual cargo capacity of 150,000 tonnes
In total, around 20,000 square meters have been allocated to logistics space for handling companies and forwarding agents. Directly adjacent to the large freight hall will be 44 loading ramp positions for trucks and 36 for articulated truck-trailer combinations. A 60-meter underpass being constructed under the street, Weg beim Jaeger, means that the new airfreight facility will be linked directly with the airport’s apron. The opening of the HACC is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. Long-term rental contracts have al-ready been signed for more than 90 percent of the office and cargo handling space. HACC is based on a concept that allows for an annual capacity of around 150,000 tonnes of airfreight.
For the sake of the environment: Resource-efficient concept
Environmental experts have been involved in the project to develop a special resource-efficient concept for the Hamburg Airport Cargo Center. Included in the concept are geo-thermal probe pumps which cover one third of the heating and cooling requirements, as well as a highly efficient heat recovery system. Furthermore, exclusive use will be made of low-energy lighting.
Weg beim Jaeger: construction work on left-turn lane
After the topping-out ceremony, the roadworks on Weg beim Jaeger will enter the next phase. As well as the laying of supply cables and pipes, construction will begin for a left-turn lane which will then serve as a direct entry to the Hamburg Airport Cargo Center. Due to the ongoing construction work, the partial closure of Weg beim Jaeger is expected to remain in place until the end of the year.