Düsseldorf, September 27, 2021

Fast, smart and green – Revolutionary BOXBAY container stacking system confirmed as “Market-ready”

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Optional solar panels on the roof can reduce the CO2 footprint to a minimum.
  • Higher storage capacity per ground space
  • Smart operation with no reshuffling required
  • Excellent eco-balance
  • Customer site visits planned during Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2021 and EXPO 2020

Following comprehensive commissioning and testing of the proof of concept in the Port of Dubai, JV partners SMS group and DP World have confirmed the BOXBAY high bay storage (HBS) system as global market-ready. The system has clearly exceeded all expectations and the real-life data, based on more than 80,000 container moves so far, already shows that this technology is the answer to the growing volume of goods traffic in sea ports.

The BOXBAY HBS system is an eco-friendly solution that will set new standards in the storage capacity, performance, and digitalization of ports. What’s more, it presents an opportunity to increase supply chain decarbonization significantly. Yet not only ports stand to benefit. The system boasts an array of benefits for its environment:

The fully automated system does not need any lighting during operation and noise levels are kept to a minimum. Selected sides of the structure can be fully covered with soundproofing panels, which can even be greened.

Additionally all BOXBAY systems are powered exclusively by electricity. Consequently, they do not release any CO2 emissions locally. Energy recuperation systems enable the recovery of electricity during container handling. An optional solar system on the roof provides more energy than required to run the entire system, which even makes it CO2 positive.

These examples show that the port of the future can not only become faster and smarter but also greener. For Volker Brück, Director of Business Development of BOXBAY, this is a very promising combination: “BOXBAY is an example, especially for future generations, that shows how economic efficiency and sustainability are not mutually exclusive but rather complement one another perfectly. I can’t think of any other system that fulfills such a wide range of requirements and has been designed with as much responsibility and consideration for the people who work at the ports or live near them.”

EXPO 2020, starting October 1, 2021 in Dubai, is a significant milestone for BOXBAY. As part of the Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2021 which will take place December 13th-15th, 2021 in the Dubai Expedition Center on the EXPO site, BOXBAY will not only show the system to port logistics insiders but also to the world’s decision makers from all other sectors. While the BOXBAY site in the Port of Jebel Ali is not officially part of the EXPO, the innovative novelty will be presented to as many interested and potential customers and port experts as possible.

“We are proud to show our logistics solution to the world and how it is set to revolutionize the way containers are handled in ports. Our team looks forward to using the TOC 2021 and EXPO as an opportunity to bring interested media and key stakeholders to the proof of concept in the Port of Dubai”, explained BOXBAY CEO Dr. Mathias Dobner.

Are you interested in visiting the BOXBAY High Bay Storage system in the Port of Dubai during Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2021? Contact: visitHBS(at)

BOXBAY ( is an international joint venture formed by global trade enabler DP World and industrial engineering specialists SMS group. The High Bay Storage system was originally developed by SMS group subsidiary AMOVA for round the clock handling of heavy metal coils each in racks as high as 50 meters. AMOVA is the first company to transfer this proven technology to the port industry. The High Bay Store BOXBAY is an automated container handling system that stacks containers up to eleven stories high. It delivers more than three times the capacity of a conventional yard with enhanced performance, so the footprint of terminals can be reduced by up to 70 percent and enables any container to be accessed individually without moving any other.

SMS group is renowned worldwide for its future-oriented technologies and outstanding service for the metals industry. The company applies its 150 years of experience and its digital know-how to provide the industry continuously with innovative products and processes – even beyond its core business – and generates worldwide sales of more than 2.7 billion euros. SMS is the right partner for challenging projects, and supports its customers throughout the lifecycle of their plants, enabling profitable and resource-efficient value creation chains. Paving the way for a carbon-neutral and sustainable metals industry is the company’s stated goal. As a global player with German roots, SMS takes responsibility for its about 14,000 employees.


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