The future is now: HHLA presents freight hyperloop concept

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and HyperloopTT are ready to present the HyperPort project: in simple words, a model for transporting containers using hyperloop technology. The two companies are developing this concept to improve seaport-hinterland connections and to increase the capacity and efficiency of terminals.

HyperloopTT is a US-based research and development company. It has been cooperating with HHLA since late 2018 when they first came up with a design study for the HyperPort project. Currently, the partners are ready to demonstrate their progress using virtual reality.

Containers in capsules

HyperPort aims to use high-speed capsules to transport containers between ports and inland destinations. Specifically, a transport capsule can accommodate two 20-foot or one 40- or 45-foot container per itinerary. Containers will be loaded vertically in the capsules using an opening on their top part. They will travel at the speed of hundreds of kilometres per hour, making it thus possible to transport up to 2,800 containers a day “in a closed operating environment, without traffic or environmental influences,” says HHLA.

The transport capsules are designed by t Spanish industrial design company Mormedi in cooperation with the Spanish engineering firm CT Ingenieros and are already construction-ready. “Using the same underlying technology as our passenger systems, the HyperPort can future-proof supply chains and simultaneously relieve the burden on port regions,” said Andres De Leon, CEO of HyperloopTT.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Editor at RailFreight.com

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