New Paper: Handling Bigger Ships with HBS


Port Technology is proud to publish a new and exclusive paper from renowned research-professor and consultant Asaf Ashar, who explores the potential of the High Bay System (HBS) as a way of meeting rising demand.

Announced in December 2018 to much fanfare, the intelligent storing system will be applied for the first time at Jebel Ali Terminal 4 ahead of the Dubai Expo 2020.

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It has been suggested the rack will allow for 100% utilization in a terminal yard, as well as increasing the speed, energy efficiency and safety of terminal operations upon implementation.



Comparing present storage systems with the new solution – featured in one of the leading papers of Port Technology’s Edition 84 – the author discusses the possible disruption that HBS could cause within the maritime industry by driving higher levels of productivity.

Major ports, especially those facing “a shortage in developable waterfront area” with the increasing size of ships, are seeking new opportunities to boost capacity elsewhere, a problem that HBS may help to solve.



In his paper, Ashar looks at how the solution’s various components – an 11-high rack structure, automated rail-mounted gantry cranes and a rail-based horizontal transport system – may function within an existing port or terminal as opposed to, or alongside, existing equipment.

The other question Ashar addresses concerns the suitability of HBS for certain ports or terminals, the author alluding to a “special port situation” where this technology may produce a significant improvement.

Other experts within the maritime sector have also weighed in on the subject of HBS, including Kris Kosmala.

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