DP World, the Dubai-based enabler of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, has successfully completed the first 10,000 container moves in the BoxBay high bay store system at Jebel Ali Port.
The milestone demonstrates the disruptive technology concept works, and makes possible dramatic changes to the way containers are handled in ports around the world. Construction of the test facility with 792 container slots was completed in July last year in Terminal 4 of Jebel Ali Port in Dubai.
BoxBay is a patented automated container handling system that stores containers up to eleven stories high in steel racks. It delivers more than three times the capacity of a conventional yard, footprint of terminals can be reduced by up to 70 percent.
The system is designed to run automatically and enables any container to be accessed individually without moving any other.
Traditionally containers are stacked one on top of the other in rows meaning many containers have to be moved to access containers lower down in the stacks. BoxBay is designed to be fully electrified and can be powered by solar panels on its roof.
The technology behind BoxBay was originally developed by SMS group for handling of metal coils that weigh as much as 50 tonnes in racks as high as 50 meters. The system will be demonstrated to the public during “EXPO2020” in Dubai in October 2021.