Hyperloop One signs agreement for hyperefficient port
17 August 2016
Hyperloop One and DP World announced a deal to explore how Hyperloop technology could help move cargo quickly and safely from ships to depot.
DP World’s Port of Jebel Ali in Dubai is one of the busiest and productive ports in the world. A Hyperloop tube with pods cycling through several times a minute can help DP World free up valuable space on the quay side and relieve congestion. The economic, emission free technology would also help eliminate carbon emissions and other pollutants.
“This is about testing in real terms how much it costs and how much we can save because if it works in Dubai, we will do it in Africa, India and across Asia,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World. “I believe in the Hyperloop. I believe it’s the future.”
Hyperloop could unlock the benefits of inland dry ports while offering greater reliability, capacity and speed. A feasibility study will be conducted to investigate the business case, route options and cost to build and maintain the system. The Hyperloop system could tunnel underground or fit within existing rights of way, minimising the impact on the surrounding areas. On a bolder scale, the Hyperloop tubes could be submerged under water to connect Jebel Ali’s new island Terminal 4 to onshore destinations.
"This study is the first step towards the construction of the Hyperloop in Dubai," said Hyperloop One Chairman Shervin Pishevar, "which could reshape one of the world’s most modern cities and bring even more infrastructure innovation to the United Arab Emirates.”
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