BOXBAY system to create major advantages for greenfield and brownfield terminals
Today, BOXBAY was launched as the name for the international joint venture that will revolutionize the way that containers are handled in ports. Formed by global trade enabler DP World and industrial engineering specialist SMS group, BOXBAY will realize a new and intelligent High Bay Storage (HBS) system in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair with a pilot project at Jebel Ali Terminal 4.
The patented design and rack structure of the BOXBAY system create unique advantages. As containers can be stored eleven stories high, the BOXBAY technology can deliver the capacity of a conventional terminal in a third of the surface. The fully automated system has direct access to each container, which means there will never be any unpaid and unproductive reshuffling. Furthermore, the BOXBAY system brings significant gains in handling speed, energy efficiency, safety and a major reduction in operating costs.
The BOXBAY joint venture brings together decades of experience in both container terminal logistics from DP World and AMOVA’s high bay storage handling for metal products that weigh as much as 50 tons each in racks as high as 50 meters. AMOVA is an SMS group subsidiary.
At the upcoming Terminal Operator Conference (TOC Europe) in Rotterdam in June, BOXBAY will present its technology and several operator business cases for the first time in public.
Burkhard Dahmen, CEO of SMS group, said: “The BOXBAY system is a direct result of our “New Horizon” strategy, in which SMS group transfers proven technology from the metallurgical sector to other industries.”
Dr. Mathias Dobner, CEO of BOXBAY, said: “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.”
DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: “DP World continues 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.”
TOC Europe will take place from 18th to 20th of June in Rotterdam. The BOXBAY booth (E93) is located in the main hall. Further details and information about BOXBAY and the HBS technology can be found on the new website www.box-bay.com.
SMS group is a group of companies internationally active in plant construction and mechanical engineering for the steel and nonferrous metals industry. It has some 14,000 employees who generate worldwide sales of about EUR 3 billion. The sole owner of the holding company SMS GmbH is the Familie Weiss Foundation.
Source: SMS Group