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An in­ter­na­tional joint-ven­ture formed by global trade en­abler DP World and in­dus­trial en­gi­neer­ing spe­cial­ists SMS group will rev­o­lu­tion­ize the way that con­tain­ers are han­dled in ports. A new and in­tel­li­gent stor­ing sys­tem will be ap­plied for the first time ever at Jebel Ali Ter­mi­nal 4, in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.

The High Bay Stor­age sys­tem was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped by SMS group sub­sidiary AMOVA for round the clock han­dling of metal coils that weigh as much as 50 tons each in racks as high as 50 me­ters. AMOVA is the first com­pany to trans­fer this proven tech­nol­ogy to the port in­dus­try.

In­stead of stack­ing con­tain­ers di­rectly on top of each other, which has been global stan­dard prac­tice for decades, the sys­tem places each con­tainer in an in­di­vid­ual rack com­part­ment. Con­tain­ers are stored in an eleven-story rack, cre­at­ing 200 per­cent more ca­pac­ity than a con­ven­tional con­tainer ter­mi­nal, or cre­at­ing the same ca­pac­ity in less than a third of the space.

Thanks to the rack’s de­sign each con­tainer can be ac­cessed with­out hav­ing to move an­other one, en­abling 100 per­cent uti­liza­tion in a ter­mi­nal yard. The sys­tem brings big gains in speed, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, bet­ter safety and a ma­jor re­duc­tion in costs. Costs are fur­ther cut by the abil­ity to shorten the time taken to load and un­load mega-ships by as much as 30 per­cent.

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 ground­break­ing 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.”

Burkhard Dah­men, CEO of SMS Group, said: “Our sub­sidiary AMOVA has op­ti­mized this tech­nol­ogy in in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions for the met­als in­dus­try over sev­eral decades. 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, said: “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, and well as their over­all ap­pear­ance.”

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