(Article first published on handyshippingguide.com on December 28th 2018)
DUBAI – GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – DP World has this month formed a joint venture with the industrial engineering specialist group SMS to develop a revolutionary new method of storing containers at the quayside and beyond. Currently the boxes are simply stacked on top of each other but the new system is designed to give each container its own bay in a column of storage spaces allowing 11 high stacks.
The technology was developed and is utilised by SMS group subsidiary AMOVA for round the clock handling of metal coils that weigh as much as 50 tonnes each in racks as high as 50 metres. This will be the first time such a system has been deployed in ports and DP World says the 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 partners claim that such a system creates 200% more capacity than conventional stacking whilst costs are further cut by the ability to shorten the time taken to load and unload mega-ships by as much as 30% in addition to savings from negating the necessity to move any other containers to reach the one being selected. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, commented:
“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.”
Burkhard Dahmen, CEO of the SMS Group pointed out that AMOVA has optimised this technology in industrial applications for the metals industry over several decades and the system was readily transferable to the port sector. Dr Mathias Dobner, CEO of the joint venture, added:
“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.”