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HHLA and Hyperloop TT establish joint venture

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG intends to transport containers at the speed of sound in future - by magnetic levitation train

The joint vision of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and the American research and development company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is to transport containers at speeds of up to 1,000 km/h through a tube to and from the port of Hamburg. The two companies have now set up a joint venture to implement this project. HHLA CEO Angela Titzrath and HTT founder and CEO Dirk Ahlborn announced this at a joint event in Hamburg on Wednesday (5 December 2018).

 The hyperloop could look like this (visualization)

The hyperloop could look like this (visualization)

Port of Hamburg as gateway to the future

The objective of the joint venture is the development and subsequent marketing of a hyperloop transport system for sea containers. Initially, it is planned to set up a transfer station for test purposes at a Hamburg HHLA terminal and to develop a transport capsule for standard sea containers. Angela Titzrath, HHLA Executive Board Chairman, said: "With the Hyperloop transport system, HHLA is pursuing the goal of developing a further component for efficient logistics mobility solutions in Germany. As a gateway to the future, we want to use innovative approaches to make a contribution to relieving the burden on the transport infrastructure in and around the Port of Hamburg and to use the capacities of our terminal facilities even more efficiently". And Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, stressed: "It's good if we can develop and try this out here in Hamburg".

Speeds up to 1,000 km/h

The Hyperloop concept is based on the idea of transporting people and goods at high speed through a tube. The transport capsules used are accelerated to up to 1,000 km/h using magnetic levitation technology in a tunnel in which there is a partial vacuum. A test track for transporting people and goods is currently under construction in Toulouse, France. The first test runs in Europe are to be carried out here next year.

The idea of a hyperloop originates from the American Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX. The research company HHT uses this concept, but acts independently of Musk.


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Judith OppongDec. 6, 2018