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DP World takes home two SEAL sustainability awards

A sustainable South American operation and revolutionary container technology has seen DP World take home two SEAL Sustainability Awards

International ports giant DP World has received two new awards at this year’s SEAL Awards ceremony.

The 2024 SEAL Business Sustainability Awards honour leadership, innovation and commitment to sustainable business practices.

The SEAL Sustainability Awards honours ranged from well-recognised brands to high-growth start-ups, with DP World winning both the Environmental Initiative Award and the Sustainability Innovation Award.

The Environmental Initiative Award was won by DP World Santos for its re-use of waste material for energy that was otherwise destined for a landfill site.

DP World was also honoured for the development of a revolutionary automated, safe and environmentally friendly high-bay storage container system in BOXBAY.

The SEAL Sustainable Innovation Award recognises BOXBAY’s potential to transform the way containers are stacked, organised and moved in a bid to significantly reduce a terminal’s carbon emissions impact.

“We are honoured to receive the Environmental Initiatives Award and the Sustainable Innovation Award at this year’s SEAL Awards,” DP World CEO and chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem says.

“Winning the Environmental Initiatives Award for our work at DP World Santos in Brazil, where we’ve achieved the feat of reusing 100 per cent of the waste generated at the port, underscores DP World’s commitment to the responsible management of its waste through adopting circular economy principles and smart design.

“Additionally, being recognised with the SEAL Sustainable Innovation Award for our BOXBAY technology is a testament to our dedication to revolutionising container port logistics for greater efficiency and sustainability.”

Since taking over operating the Port of Santos in 2013, DP World says it has become Brazil’s leading multi-purpose port operator and is capable of handling containers, cellulose, grains and fertilisers.

DP World’s BOXBAY was delivered in a joint venture with German industrial engineering specialists SMS Group to increase efficiency while hitting environmental targets.

The system, piloted in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port, acts like a bookshelf for containers, with the steel structure combining automation with less space required to make storage and port operations more efficient and sustainable.

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