How DP World aims to change port operations forever

Boxbay represents a new high bay storage system that will be ready in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 with a pilot project scheduled at Jebel Ali Terminal 4
How DP World aims to change port operations forever
The patented design and rack structure of the system creates advantages with containers stored up to 11 storeys high, delivering the capacity of a conventional terminal in a third of the surface area.
By Sam Bridge
Wed 17 Apr 2019 02:23 PM

A new international joint venture that aims to change the way that containers are handled in ports has been launched by Dubai-based DP World and SMS Group.

Boxbay represents a new and intelligent high bay storage 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 11 storeys 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, a statement said.

Boxbay will present its technology and operator business cases for the first time in public at the Terminal Operator Conference (TOC Europe) in Rotterdam in June.

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.”

Dr Mathias Dobner, CEO of Boxbay, added: "With our Boxbay High Bay Storage technology, we are introducing a revolutionary system that will disrupt global port logistics. Following the world’s operators’ tremendous interest in our joint venture, we are now looking forward to showcase our solution to them in person."

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