Release Date: 01 February 2009
Release ID: 1093
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) successfully completed a large-scale power outage drill on 28 January from 0001 hours to 0500 hours, verifying the effectiveness of the emergency procedures of various business units and ensuring uninterrupted cargo terminal services during contingencies.
Following a similar exercise conducted in 2005, this is the second and largest-scale Power Outage Drill in Hactl’s history. The main objectives were to test the power distribution from two backup power generator sets as well as the performance of various critical warehouse facilities under the backup power supply.
The drill simulated a power outage scenario where the main power feed is interrupted. At the start of the drill, the majority of the Cargo Handling System, wiring closets and Hactl Client Devices on the West Wing of SuperTerminal 1 were suspended from operation. Connection to the two backup power generator sets then became active to test and validate their functionality and power distribution.
The entire proceedings of the drill were directed and overseen on-site by a drill management team formed by Hactl management staff. Hactl’s Service Delivery, Engineering as well as Information Services teams also took part in this simulation exercise and worked closely with clients and business partners to ensure successful completion of the drill.
“Running a terminal with premier cargo handling services, stability is our top priority. We have been paying great focus to all risk management aspects and investing considerable resources in mitigating residual risks and ensuring business continuity in various scenarios,” said Mr Kenneth Bell, Director, Service Delivery of Hactl. “The power outage drill is one of our on-going efforts to refine our risk mitigation and contingency measures and the lessons learned will be used to further refine our business continuity plans.”
During the drill, normal cargo terminal activities were diverted to the East Wing of the terminal building, and remained unaffected. The drill was completed at 0500 hours and normal terminal operations resumed at the West Wing when all cargo handling systems were connected back to the normal power supply.
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