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Multi-storey container storage system launches

20 June 2019

A new international joint venture that aims to change the way that containers are handled in ports has been launched by DP World and industrial engineering specialists, SMS Group.

Boxbay is said to be 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 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.

The joint venture brings together decades of experience in container terminal logistics at DP World and Amova’s high bay storage handling for metal products that weigh as much as 50 tonnes each in racks as high as 50 metres.