Link Logistics, a Tasmania-based freight specialist, has chosen CO2 for its new cold storage facility at Hobart Airport. The firm, which also has facilities on the Australian mainland in Melbourne and Sydney as well as in Shanghai, China, manages every aspect of door-to-door distribution, helping to protect the quality and shelf life of perishable products.
In October 2018, Link Logistics signed on as the first tenant of a new freight handling facility and commercial precinct at Hobart Airport. The new facilities allow local producers to transport their fresh produce – such as seafood, meat and fruit – by airfreight directly to their export destinations.
Previously, Tasmanian producers of goods for export had to transport their freight to the northwest coast by truck, where it was loaded onto ships bound for Melbourne or Sydney.
“Link Logistics invested more than AU$3 million in the new freight forwarding and cold store facility,” says Chris Fox, the firm’s Tasmania director.
Degree C, the contractor on the project, works in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. “Although Tasmania is small, it is big in renewable energy. This clean, green image was one of the key drivers to install a refrigeration system with a clean, green, future-proof refrigerant,” said Pieter Boon, project manager (refrigeration) at Degree C.
“The cool Tasmanian climate also makes transcritical CO2 particularly suitable for this state,” Boon added.