Global trade enabler, DP World and the industrial engineering specialists SMS Group have formed an international joint-venture that they hope will revolutionize the way that containers are handled in ports.
The at Jebel Ali Terminal 4 will be installed with a new and intelligent storing system, all in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.
Originally devised and developed by SMS group subsidiary AMOVA, the High Bay Storage system was used for round the clock handling of metal coils weighing up to 50 tons each in racks that could reach 50 meters. AMOVA is the first company to adapt this new technology for the port industry.
Previously containers were stacked directly on top of each other and this has been the worldwide practice for many years, until now. The new system places each container in an individual rack compartment, containers are then stored in an eleven-story rack, this new system increases extra capacity by 200% over a conventional container terminal.
Access to each container can be achieved without having to move another one thus 100 per cent utilization in a container terminal yard. A result of this new system is significant gains speed, energy efficiency, better safety and a major reduction in costs. Mega-Ships can be loaded and unloaded up to 30% quicker, further reducing costs.
CEO of the joint venture, Dr. Mathias Dobner 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.”
Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem 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.”
CEO of SMS Group Burkhard Dahmen added, “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.”