The majority of the time, at major ports, shipping containers are stacked up 6 or 7 high and await cranes to empty them onto ships for transport. This approach not only takes up a lot of space but also makes it difficult to find and pick up the right box.
DP World, a port operator based in Dubai, has developed an innovation that it claims will save time and space.
The “BoxBay” storage system stacks containers 11 stories high on a steel frame. In ports, when containers are stacked on top of each other, reaching a container lower in the stack means moving those above it. According to DP World, BoxBay, developed in partnership with the SMS group of Germany, lets cranes pick up containers directly from the ground without rearranging those above.