DP World and AMOVA develop out-of-the-box storage rack for containers
DP World and materials-handling firm AMOVA have joined forces to develop a rack-storage system for shipping containers passing through the port operator's Jebel Ali Terminal
DP World and materials-handling firm AMOVA have joined forces to develop a rack-storage system for shipping containers passing through the port operator's Jebel Ali Terminal.
Instead of stacking containers directly on top of each other, the system places each container in an individual compartment within an 11-storey-tall steel rack. This method creates three times the capacity of a conventional container terminal of equivalent size, reported The Maritime Executive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
As an additional benefit, the rack carries the weight of the upper containers in the stack, so a container towards the bottom can be accessed without restacking all the boxes on top of it first. This means that container moves will be tightly focused on transferring the cargo in and out, not shuffling it within the terminal.
DP World anticipates large gains in speed, energy efficiency and safety. It will also boost ability to handle peak loads since the company expects that the system will cut the time taken to load and unload mega ships by up to 30 percent.
'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,' said DP World CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.
The first model of the system will be installed at Jebel Ali Terminal 4. DP World expects it to be ready to commence operations in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.