European port backs high-speed container plan

Hyperloop transport vision A new JV aims to develop a way of transporting containers at high speed through a tube-style transport system, to and from the Port of Hamburg. Credit HHLA/ Hyperloop

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) have established a joint venture (JV) to develop a way of transporting containers at high speed through a tube to and from the Port of Hamburg.

The goal of the JV is to develop and later market a Hyperloop transport system for shipping containers. Initially, the construction of a transfer station for testing purposes at a HHLA terminal in Hamburg and the development of a transport capsule for standard shipping containers are planned.

Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of HHLA’s executive board, said: “With the Hyperloop transport system, HHLA is pursuing the goal of developing an additional component of efficient logistic mobility solutions in Germany. As gateway to the future, we want to employ innovative approaches to make a contribution towards relieving the strain on the transport infrastructure in and around the Port of Hamburg and to use the capacities of our terminal facilities in an even more efficient way.

Magnetic levitation

With the help of magnetic levitation technology, the transport capsules used in the system will be sent through a tunnel, in which there is a partial air vacuum, at speeds reaching or even exceeding 1000 km/h.

A test track for transporting people and goods is currently under construction in Toulouse, France. The first test journeys in Europe are set to take place here next year.

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