DP World completes BoxBay testing


More than 63,00 container moves have been carried out at the full-size proof of concept BoxBay high bay storage concept as DP World confirms testing of the BoxBay solution is now complete.

“This test proves that BoxBay can revolutionise how ports and terminals operate. The technology we have developed with our joint venture partner SMS group dramatically expands capacity, increases efficiency, and makes the handling of containers more sustainable,” said Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World.

BoxBay is part of DP World’s vision to apply innovation to enable global trade and be a provider of smart logistics solutions.”

Modifications made during the trial compared to the original design further improve performance and significantly reduce investment required for future installations.

High performance levels of BoxBay – 19.3 moves per hour at each waterside transfer table to the straddle carrier and 31.8 moves per hour at each landside truck crane – will also reduce the equipment needed in a terminal.

Operating costs are also lower than anticipated, with energy costs better by 29%, all at significantly reduced maintenance costs.

Mathias Dobner, Chairman and CEO of BoxBay, said: “BoxBay and its partner companies are very pleased with the results of the first six months of operation. In important parameters such as performance, reliability, energy consumption and many more our goals have been exceeded by far.

“For ports worldwide, this innovative and disruptive technology will not only increase their over-the-quay-wall handling volumes and container storage capacity, but will also allow them to make a further step towards sustainability, as power regeneration and solar panels on the roof help reduce the CO2 footprint to a minimum”.

BoxBay is a Joint Venture between DP World and German industrial engineering specialist SMS group.

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