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Boxbay: Disruptive Innovation for Container Terminals Becomes Reality

The first Boxbay high bay store for containers in Dubai is already in its commissioning phase.

In this exclusive article for the PTI 100th Edition the Boxbay partners discuss the benefits of high bay store system and its installation in Dubai.

The realisation of the first section of a high bay storing system at DP World in Dubai, based on the innovative BOXBAY technology, is progressing rapidly. Thanks to the highly ambiguous efforts of the joint construction and commissioning team the container handling system is already in place on the area of Jebel Ali Terminal 4. When in regular operation the containers will not have to be stacked on top of each other, as has always been the case in terminal industry, but rather will be stored 11 stories high in a rack system of the high bay store in order to save space. Storing of containers in individual rack compartments provides direct access and increases performance.

High Bay Stores (HBS) has long been common in distribution logistics and industrial production. Now, this technology has been successfully transferred to container terminal operations. The advantage: more than three times the capacity of conventional yard systems, and so, the footprint of terminals can be reduced by up to 70%. An HBS enables any container to be accessed individually without moving any other. The annoying shuffling is eliminated. Only productive and thus paid moves are performed.

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