The BOXBAY high-bay storage system for port terminals has won the German Award for Supply Chain Management at the International Supply Chain Conference.
BOXBAY offers an innovative solution to some of the key challenges in container port logistics, combining economic goals with environmental targets.
With BOXBAY, the containers are stacked up to 11 levels high in a fully automated high-bay storage system allowing direct access to every single container.
At the same time, BOXBAY can offer up to three times more capacity and efficiency compared to conventional storage systems.
Thanks to full automation and digitalisation, the quayside transshipment speed can be increased by up to 20 per cent according to the company.
The photovoltaic system on the roof of the storage system means that BOXBAY can also be operated in a CO2-neutral way.
‘We are very proud that the innovative BOXBAY high-bay storage concept could convince the jury, because the “port of the future” calls for new approaches,’ said Dr. Mathias Dobner, CEO of BOXBAY.
“Looking ahead, an increasing number of containers will have to be stored on the same surface area. Access times will also have to be shorter. We cannot do both simultaneously with existing concepts.
“With BOXBAY, we are able to create more space for the containers on the same surface as before, while at the same time increasing throughput. This not only solves the acute problem we are currently experiencing, but also prevents similar negative disruptions in the movement of goods by freeing up new space for logistics chains and port operators.”
BOXBAY’s SMS group originally developed the high-bay storage system to handle metal coils that can weigh up to 40 tons. This technology has now been successfully transferred to port logistics.
In January 2021, a first facility was put into operation in Dubai.
As reported by BOXBAY, up to the end of June 2022 150,000 container movements were carried out under realistic operating conditions and verified the market maturity of the system.
BOXBAY is already being put to the test by leading global port operators.