10 September 2020
The containers we used to see stacked on top of each other in ports will now be more independent. DP World is establishing a high-rail container storage system as part of a joint venture with the SMS Group, a specialist in industrial engineering. DP World, which will provide a more efficient infrastructure with the rack system, will first use the system at the Jebel Ali Terminal.
CAPACITY INCREASES 200%
In this new system, each container is placed on an independent shelf, instead of the stacking method, which has been used as a standard for years around the world and based on direct stacking of containers. The fact that the containers are stored in an 11-storey rack system provides a 200 percent higher capacity than a conventional container terminal.
EVERY SQUARE OF THE TERMINAL IS USED
In other words, it allows to obtain the same capacity in a less than one third of the conventional method. Thanks to the design of the shelves, each container can be accessed without having to move other containers. This allows 100% utilization from the terminal area. With this system, it is aimed to achieve significant gains in terms of speed, energy efficiency, safety and cost.