A new international joint venture that aims to change the way that containers are handled in ports has been launched by DP World and SMS Group.
"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 patented design and rack structure of the system creates advantages with containers stored up to eleven stories high, delivering the capacity of a conventional terminal in a third of the surface area.
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."
By being fully automated Boxbay 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.