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DP World demonstrating high-bay racking for ports

Joint venture will have a system built in Dubai by 2020

December 17, 2018


High-bay racking for containers allows better land utilization and fasting loading and unloading of ships.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – An international joint-venture formed by DP World and industrial engineering specialists SMS group will revolutionize the way that containers are handled in ports.

The two companies are demonstrating a racking system for shipping containers. It will be applied for the first time ever at Jebel Ali Terminal 4, in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.

The High Bay Storage system was originally developed by SMS group subsidiary AMOVA for round the clock handling of metal coils that weigh as much as 50 tons each in racks as high as 50 metres. AMOVA is the first company to transfer this proven technology to the port industry.

Instead of stacking containers directly on top of each other, which has been global standard practice for decades, the system places each container in an individual rack compartment. Containers are stored in an eleven-story rack, creating 200 percent more capacity than a conventional container terminal, or creating the same capacity in less than a third of the space.

Thanks to the rack’s design each container can be accessed without having to move another one, enabling 100 percent utilization in a terminal yard. The system brings big gains in speed, energy efficiency, better safety and a major reduction in costs. Costs are further cut by the ability to shorten the time taken to load and unload mega-ships by as much as 30 per cent.

“This new container handling technology allows cities to use their expensive and sensitive land and waterfront areas more effectively,” said Mathias Dobner, CEO of the joint venture.

“Our system will significantly increase the productivity of handling ships on the quay. This means that quay walls can be shortened by a third. This disruptive innovation will greatly improve the financial performance of container ports, and well as their overall appearance.”

 “DP World’s experience and expertise in moving cargo coupled with the technology of AMOVA will ensure the system is remarkably efficient and relevant for present and future operations,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group chairman and CEO.

“As a world first in our industry we are tremendously excited by its potential and groundbreaking features. Our engagement in new technologies is a major priority.”