Major terminal operator DP World has announced a joint-venture project with industrial engineering company SMS Group, to “revolutionize” container handling in ports.
According to a statement, an intelligent storing system will be applied for the first time at Jebel Ali Terminal 4, in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.
Originally developed by SMS Group subsidiary AMOVA, for round the clock handling of metal coils, the High Bay Storage system will now be applied to the port industry.
Rather than stacking containers directly on top of each other, a standard practice in ports and terminals for decades, SMS’ system places each container in an individual rack compartment.
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Containers are stored in an eleven-story rack, creating 200% more capacity than available at a conventional container terminal, in less than a third of the space.
The rack is designed so each container in the stack can be accessed without having to move another one, allowing for 100% utilization in a terminal yard.
As a result, the system is expected to increase the speed, energy efficiency and safety of terminal operations, as well as reducing costs by shortening the time taken to load and unload megaships by up to 30%.
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Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, said: “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.
“As a world first in our industry we are tremendously excited by its potential and ground-breaking features.
“Our engagement in new technologies is a major priority and we have become known for seeking ways that transform the way goods are moved across the world. Innovation is part of our DNA and at the heart of our success.”
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Burkhard Dahmen, CEO of SMS Group, added: “The application for container terminals is a direct result of our “New Horizon” strategy, in which SMS transfers technology from the metallurgical sector to other industries.”
Dr. Mathias Dobner, CEO of the joint-venture, also commented: “This new container handling technology allows cities to use their expensive and sensitive land and waterfront areas more effectively.
“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, as well as their overall appearance.”