Boxbay steps towards operational testing phase – Port Technology International

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Following the completion of assembly of the Boxbay High Bay Store system (HBS) at Jebel Ali Port a pilot phase operation is set to begin before September 2020.

The final
major component of the system, a truck crane, was a assembled on site at the begi
ning of July.

The
automated truck crane is used to lift containers on and off external trucks.
Containers for the landside operations move in and out of BoxBay on underground
conveyor belts before being lifted to their slot in the rack by stacker cranes.

BoxBay is a
joint venture by DP World and German industrial engineering specialist SMS
group GmbH.

The HBS proof of concept provides 792 container slots. A full industrial HBS yard behind the two under construction berths of Jebel Ali Terminal 4 would be able to handle more than three million containers per year.

The stacker cranes and truck handling cranes will be operated in full automation. The shuttle carrier will start testing with a driver at first during the pilot operation phase.

BoxBay is
designed to be fully electrified and will be the only container yard that can
be powered by solar panels on its roof.

Sultan
Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said, “This is a major
milestone delivered in our exploration of new and innovative technologies that
add value for our operations and customers. In these challenging times, we are
bringing container high bay store to the world’s supply chains, demonstrating
our strengths as a global provider of smart logistics solutions.

“With
speed, efficiency and digital fitness being key aspects of the port and
terminal business, we intend to deliver ‘life inventory’ to our importers and
we are confident BoxBay will play a significant role revolutionising container
storage in the years ahead.”

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