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DP World, SMS to deploy smart storing system at Dubai port

DUBAI, December 17, 2018

Dubai-based global marine terminal operator DP World said an international joint-venture formed with industrial engineering specialists SMS group will revolutionise the way that containers are handled in ports. 
 
As part of its plan to deploy disruptive technology to radically improve operations, DP World will 
apply the new intelligent storing system 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 tonnes each in racks as high as 50 m, said the Dubai group.
 
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, it stated. 
 
Containers are stored in an eleven-storey rack, creating 200 per cent more capacity than a conventional container terminal, or creating the same capacity in less than a third of the space.
 
DP World said thanks to the rack’s design each container can be accessed without having to move another one, enabling 100 per cent 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 per cent.
 
Group chairman and CEO 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 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," he added.
 
SMS Group CEO Burkhard Dahmen said: "Our subsidiary Amova has optimised 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," he noted.
 
Dr Mathias Dobner, the CEO of the DP World-SMS Group 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," he added.-TradeArabia News Service 



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