DP World, the third port-terminal operator worldwide is associating with Hyperloop One Inc. a groundbreaking company that specializes in high-speedtransportation technology, to study innovative solutions for improving operations in Jebel Ali port in Dubai.
DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “We continually strive to think ahead and foresee change to create the most efficient, safe and profitable trade solutions. With this collaboration, we’re leading innovation in our industry once again and by testing the Hyperloop technology at Jebel Ali for cargo use, we’re taking a first step in exploring new ways of enabling trade and underlining Dubai’s commitment to innovation.
The idea is to build floating tubes to transport cargo from the vessel to an inland depot at speeds reaching more than 1,120 kilometers, an hour. This technology would result in a reduction of cost, local congestion and port emissions.
“By eliminating the barriers of time and distance, we believe we can increase the volume of freight DP World moves through the port using a Hyperloop to a new inland depot, which supports more revenue and profit for all stakeholders,” said Rob Lloyd, Hyperloop One’s CEO, in a press statement. “A Hyperloop system fits very seamlessly with existing transportation corridors, minimizing any impact on urban Dubai and reducing freeway congestion and emissions.”
According to WSJ, Jebel Ali is one of the busiest ports of the region and handles the same amount of cargo than both L.A port and Long Beach port. However, the volume of traffic is increasing, which makes urgent to find an efficient solution to port congestion.
If Hyperloop is successfully installed in Jebel Ali, this could mean a complete transformation for the industry in the future and for DP World, which operates 77 terminals in more than 40 countries.