A team from China Southern Cargo has won this year’s Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition as the Overall Champion, followed by runner-up, Japan Airlines. The contest, now in its eleventh year, attracted entrants from all over the world.
Teams from Air Canada Cargo, Air China Cargo, Air France Cargo, China Southern Cargo, IAG Cargo, Japan Airlines, KLM, MAB Kargo, Nippon Cargo Airlines and SF Airlines vied for the four awards on offer.
The Forklift Competition was won by Japan Airlines with second spot going to China Southern Cargo, the Pallet Building Competition was won by China Southern Cargo with Japan Airlines coming in second, while the Forklift Driving Safety Award went to Japan Airlines.
This year, the layout of the competition courts was made tighter and more complex, placing additional demands on forklift drivers to manouevre safely, while successfully collecting cargo in the correct order for the pallet building element.
The pallet building competition, too, was made more challenging, with the introduction of a 125” x 88” pallet, which was to be loaded with cargo configured with two upper surface contours.
As always, team work was the key to success, with the need for strategic planning and close coordination between forklift drivers and pallet builders. The importance of the teams’ collective efforts was reflected in the award of the title Overall Champion, being the team with the lowest total points deduction in the combined forklift and pallet building elements.
The 2018 contest was attended by VIP guests Raymond So Wai-man, Under Secretary for Transport and Housing; Wu Wai-hung, Assistant Commissioner for Labour (Occupational Safety); and Winson Yeung, Principal Consultant, Occupational Safety and Health Council. The event was presided over by Amy Lam, Hactl’s Finance Director and Chairlady of its Environmental, Health & Safety Committee.
Commenting on the event, Lam said: “This is our eleventh year of holding this competition. As always, we used it to foster professionalism and safety in the industry, but we also wanted to promote sustainability and corporate social responsibility. That’s why we blended green themes with supporting our local artistes and our champions. We care about all these things and have ambitious plans and targets for the future.”