In a move expected to revolutionize ports and terminals, UAE-based port operator DP World has completed testing of the BOXBAY high bay storage concept at the first full-size facility constructed at Jebel Ali port in Dubai, proving that the innovative technology works in the real world.
More than 63,000 container moves have been completed since the facility was commissioned beginning this year, as a Joint Venture between DP World and German industrial engineering specialist SMS group. The system stores containers in slots in a steel rack up to 11 high. It delivers three times the capacity of a conventional yard in which containers are stacked directly on top of each other, meaning the footprint of terminals can be reduced by 70%, according to DP World.
This test proves that BOXBAY can revolutionise how ports and terminals operate. The technology we have developed with our joint venture partner SMS group dramatically expands capacity, increases efficiency, and makes the handling of containers more sustainable,
…said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World.
In BOXBAY, containers are moved in, out and between slots by fully electrified and automated cranes built into the structure. Individual containers can be accessed without moving any others. The whole system is designed to be fully powered by solar panels on the roof. Operating costs are also lower than anticipated, with energy costs better by 29%, all at reduced maintenance costs.
For ports worldwide, this innovative and disruptive technology will not only increase their over-the-quay-wall handling volumes and container storage capacity, but will also allow them to make a further step towards sustainability, as power regeneration and solar panels on the roof help reduce the CO2 footprint to a minimum,
…stated Mathias Dobner, Chairman and CEO of BOXBAY.
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