Video: DP World’s BoxBay high bay storage system for shipping containers
The words innovative or game-changing are contained within every other press release sent to Logistics Middle East, but the new high bay storage system being developed by DP World for Terminal 4 in Jebel Ali Port is a rare example of an innovation that is truly game-changing.
“We've launched our new international joint venture with SMS Group, which will change the way containers are handled in ports,” DP World says of the system. “’BOXBAY’ represents a new and intelligent High Bay Storage (HBS) system that will be ready in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 with a pilot project scheduled at Jebel Ali Terminal 4.”
The design and rack structure of the system creates unique advantages with containers stored up to eleven stories high, delivering the capacity of a conventional terminal in a third of the surface area.
By being fully automated it has direct access to each container, eliminating unpaid and unproductive reshuffling. It also features significant gains in handling speed, energy efficiency, safety and a major reduction in operating costs.
DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: “We continue to explore new technologies that push boundaries, disrupt and add value for our operations and customers. We are excited by the prospects for BOXBAY as handling speed and efficiencies are key aspects of the ports and terminals business and the system is a major development for the sector around the world. We look forward to the technology being installed especially in readiness for Expo 2020.”