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1. WO1999003767 - SYSTEME DE STOCKAGE DE CONTENEURS

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1. A container storage system comprising a storage area and a support framework, the storage area having a longitudinal axis and a shorter transverse axis, an overhead crane mounted on the support framework, and at least one vehicle roadway extending substantially parallel to the transverse axis of the storage area, the overhead crane being moveable on the support framework to remove containers from a vehicle on the roadway and deposit the containers for storage in the storage area, and subsequently replace containers on a vehicle after storage.

2. A container storage system as claimed in Claim 1 , having a fixed framework having a plurality of support legs spaced apart around the storage area, overhead support rails extending longitudinally of the storage area, and an overhead cross member moveable along the rails, with the overhead crane being mounted on the cross member for movement back and forth along the cross member.

3. A container storage system as claimed in Claim 1 or Claim 2, in which there are two roadways, one at each end of the storage area.

4. A container storage system as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which a crane transfer device is provided at at least one end of the storage area, the overhead crane being moveable from the support framework onto the transfer device for movement away from the storage area.

5. A container storage system as claimed in Claim 4, in which the crane transfer device comprises a transfer car having rails, the transfer car being moveable into a transfer position in which the rails of the transfer car are in register with the rails of the support framework, such that the crane can roll off the support rails and onto the rails of the transfer car.

6. A container storage system as claimed in Claim 5, having locking means to lock the transfer car in the transfer position while a crane is transferred.

7. A container storage system as claimed in Claim 6, in which the locking means comprises a locking member moveable into a recess, the recess having a wide mouth and progressively narrower side walls such that as the locking member moves into the recess it locates the transfer car in a position in which the rails of the transfer car registers with the support rails.

8. A container storage system as claimed in any one of Claims 5 to 7, in which the support rails have a stop device to prevent the crane from running off the support rails when the transfer car is not in the transfer position.

9. A container storage system as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which there are a plurality of storage areas, each having a support framework, at least one crane being moveable by means of a transfer car from one storage area to another.

10. A container storage system as claimed in Claim 9, having a control system arranged to control the operations of the crane and transfer car so that the system can be automated.

11. A container storage system as claimed in Claim 10, in which the control system is operated remotely by means of an appropriately programmed computer.

12. A container storage system constructed and arranged substantially as herein described, with reference to the accompanying drawings.

13. A method of storing containers comprising providing a storage area and a support framework, the storage area having a longitudinal axis and a shorter transverse axis, an overhead crane being mounted on the support framework, moving vehicles through a roadway extending substantially parallel to the transverse axis of the storage area, and moving the overhead crane on the support framework to remove containers from a vehicle on the roadway, deposit the containers for storage in the storage area, and subsequently replace containers on a vehicle after storage.

14. A method of storing containers substantially as herein described, with reference to the accompanying drawings.