DP World installs first high rack container storage system at Pusan ​​Terminal

Global port operator DP World has announced the first commercial installation of its innovative BOXBAY high-bay storage system at its container terminal in Pusan, South Korea.

The system, known as BOXBAY, is an intelligent High Bay Storage (HBS) system developed by DP World and industrial engineering specialists SMS Group through their Boxbay FZCO joint venture, established in 2016. The system allows containers to be loaded and unloaded from bays up to 11 stories high, maximizing space and increasing turnover rates, energy efficiency and safety while reducing operating costs.

Boxbay FZCO and Pusan ​​Newport Corporation (PNC), in which DP World has a 66% interest, signed an agreement on March 8 for the initial design and engineering work for the Pusan ​​Terminal site.

Handling 5.3 million TEUs in 2021, PNC operates the largest terminal in the port of Pusan.

The BOXBAY system will be integrated with the existing mode of Automated Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMG) and truck operation and retrofitted on an existing empty storage area. Capable of handling up to 350,000 movements per year, the fully automated storage system provides direct access to containers and reduces truck maintenance time by 20%. DP World intends to power the BOXBAY system using solar energy generated by solar panels on the roof of the system.

DP World and SMS Group have further developed the BOXBAY system from its initial use in handling heavy metal coils in the metals industry. A pilot plant was built at Jebel Ali’s Terminal-4 in January 2021 and performed 190,000 container movements under real operating conditions by June 2022, confirming the marketability of the system.

“We have further transformed a technology proven in the metals industry in Germany to create BOXBAY, an innovative container storage system to enhance global trade,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World. “Our pilot project in Jebel Ali has already shown the advantages of a fully automated, sustainably operated high-bay warehouse. I am proud that DP World has spearheaded this innovation that is now being launched in Pusan. The technology reflects our ongoing efforts to deploy technologies that improve the flow of trade and further strengthen Dubai’s position as a global leader in the ports and logistics industry.”

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