DP World Evaluating Hyperloop for Jebel Ali Port
DP World has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with U.S.-based Hyperloop One to conduct feasibility studies that analyze the value of using Hyperloop systems in the UAE.
The companies will initially focus on moving containers from ships docked at DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port via the Hyperloop tube to a new inland container depot in Dubai. The initial study will focus on efficient handling of containers, costs, benefits, demand and volume patterns of moving cargo using the new technology.
A Hyperloop is designed to carry passengers and cargo in pods through a low pressure tube at speeds of up to 750 miles per hour (1,200 km per hour). The system uses electric propulsion over a non-contact levitation track and has been likened to a mix between the Concorde plane, a rail gun and an air-hockey table. A recent land test saw a sled accelerated to 116 miles (187 kilometers) per hour in 1.1 seconds.
DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “At DP World, 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 world is changing at a pace never seen before in our history and we intend to be part of a new revolution in transport, connecting markets and economies around the world. This is an example of leading innovation in our industry and pushing the boundaries in the delivery of goods. The potential to use these kinds of technologies in emerging markets outside the UAE such as Africa and Asia with large land mass is significant.”
Hyperloop One has also commenced the design of a 500-kilometer transport system in Europe that will traverse both land and sea.
Hyperloop One has initiated a global challenge to identify and select locations around the world with the potential to develop and construct the world’s first Hyperloop networks. To date, the company has 500 registrants from more than 80 countries, including recent entries from Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, the Czech Republic and Albania.