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HyperloopTT and HHLA present HyperPort at ITS World Congress

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HyperloopTT and HHLA present HyperPort at ITS World Congress. Image: HHLA
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The US research and development company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) will present a virtual reality demonstrator at the ITS World Congress. This will serve as a model for the transport of containers in seaport-hinterland traffic using Hyperloop technology. The technical concept behind the idea was developed by the companies over the past two and a half years. The goal is to increase the capacity and efficiency of container terminals while reducing the environmental footprint and congestion at ports worldwide.

HyperloopTT and HHLA entered into a cooperative agreement at the end of 2018. Their first step was to develop a design study based on their technical concept for the HyperPort™. The next step is a construction-based virtual reality demonstrator to be presented exclusively at the ITS World Congress, the world’s largest mobility trade fair. The Congress will take place in Hamburg from 11 to 15 October 2021.

HyperPort™ was developed based on current industry standards and is a plug-and-play solution for port operators. The concept makes it possible to transport containerised goods at high speed over hundreds of kilometres. The system can reliably, efficiently and safely move up to 2,800 containers a day in a closed operating environment, without traffic or environmental influences. The individual HyperPort™ transport capsules provide room for two 20-foot or one 40- or 45-foot standard or high cube container.

The transport capsules, designed by the award-winning Spanish industrial design company Mormedi, provide an impression of the innovative logistics system. The technology was developed in cooperation with the Spanish engineering firm CT Ingenieros and is already construction-ready. More than 20,000 hours of work were put into the concept, on designs, analytical models, calculations, trade-off studies, 3D visualisations, optimisations of the overall design and integration capabilities. The HyperPort™ capsule, the infrastructure and the system components are currently being further optimised.

“Using the same underlying technology as our passenger systems, the HyperPort can future-proof supply chains and simultaneously relieve the burden on port regions,” said Andres De Leon, CEO of HyperloopTT. “Our work with world-leading firms to move this technology forward is a significant revenue opportunity for port operators all around the world.”

“At HHLA, we know that to prepare for the future you must innovate,” said Gerlinde John, Project Manager HyperPort™ at HHLA. “The Hyperloop technology is suitable of taking the transport of goods to a new level. With the HyperPort concept, we are developing an alternative solution to existing transport systems for the goods transport of the future in a fast-growing global market.”

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PIL introduces PIL Intermodal Services to enhance customer connectivity

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PIL introduces PIL Intermodal Services to enhance customer connectivity. Image: PIL
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In line with its drive to enhance connectivity for customers, Pacific International Lines introduced the PIL Intermodal Services, which offers train, truck and barge services to complement its container shipping services. The PIL Intermodal Services are available across PIL’s existing network in Intra-Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Oceania.

The aim of the new intermodal services is to empower customers by providing them with more options of how they would like their cargoes to be transported. Customers can choose to save time and resources in managing their cargoes by entrusting PIL to provide transportation services from the points of origin to the final destinations, or they could opt to arrange their own last-mile transportation. PIL’s intermodal solutions are also highly customisable with dedicated train and barge services.

Mr Lars Kastrup, CEO, PIL, said, “We have seen growing market demand for intermodal services in recent years. With our strong network of global offices, agencies and partners, we are able to offer good point-to-point connectivity across sea and land for our customers. Our intermodal solutions will be well supported by our digital services including electronic Bill of Lading, and in the near future, GPS tracking. This solution is also aligned with our goal to reduce the overall carbon footprint of our operations and that of our customers.”

The PIL Intermodal Service is now available in Africa, Australia, Cambodia, Guatemala, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and China. PIL plans to roll out its intermodal service to other parts of the world in the near term.”

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Intermodal Marketplace of Port of Antwerp-Bruges takes place in Antwerp

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The Intermodal Marketplace of Port of Antwerp-Bruges took place and on the occasion of this event, there was a unique tour by train in the port area in Antwerp.

More than 500 participants

The Intermodal Marketplace of Port of Antwerp-Bruges took place in the Handelsbeurs in Antwerp. At this event, Port of Antwerp-Bruges brings together providers of transport by rail, barge and short-sea shipping with shipping companies, forwarders and shippers.

Fifty European rail, inland shipping and shortsea operators presented their offerings and European shippers, forwarders and logistics companies discovered the newest connections for their cargo. More than 500 participants were present.

During an interview, BASF and Caterpillar emphasized that the Port of Antwerp-Bruges is well equipped to receive all types of transport and goods. A smooth flow of cargo is important for a high-performance supply chain. That is why we are constantly expanding the range of our alternative modes of transport. Rail, inland shipping, shortsea and night logistics are the means of transport of the future. The involvement of all actors is a must for a sustainable supply chain.

Unique tour in the port area

On the occasion of this event, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Infrabel, NMBS and Lineas organized a unique tour by train in the port area in Antwerp. More than 300 participants were introduced to this aspect of the port in a unique way during a three-hour ‘rail experience’.

The train, which picked up participants in Bruges and Ghent, made a stop in Antwerp Central.

After the train ride, the participants went to the Intermodal Marketplace.

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Ruscon launches a multimodal container service from Japan to Kazakhstan

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In August 2022, the logistics operator Ruscon, part of the Delo Group of Companies, successfully launched a multimodal container service from Japan to Kazakhstan.

Delivery of goods is carried out by ship from the port of Kobe, Japan to the port of Vostochny, after which it goes by rail to the Almaty-1 station. Departures occur with a frequency of 1 time per month. Travel time for the marine component of the service is 5-6 days.
Through transportation in containers from Nakhodka is carried out by Ruscon together with PJSC TransContainer, which is also part of the Group. Ruscon customers have access to door-to-door delivery and forwarding services.

With the launch of the new service, customers have received an additional opportunity to more flexibly plan and organize uninterrupted cargo deliveries through the Far East.

“The development of communication with Southeast Asia is one of the top priorities for Ruscon. Taking into account the interest in expanding the territories of presence and developing new routes, we intend to concentrate our efforts to create optimal and high-quality customer services in the region,” said Marat Akhmatdinov, General Director of Ruscon Asia LLP.

Ruscon is a part of Delo Group, 3PL operator for containerized cargo delivery in Russia and the CIS based on Delo Group’s asstes. Ruscon expands its ability to provide end-to-end cargo delivery services by a range of its own transportation assets: marine terminals, fleet of trucks, flatcars, inland terminals, customs and logistics storage facilities as well as developed network of branch offices.

Delo Group is the largest transport and logistics holding in Russia, managing sea container terminals in the Azov-Black Sea, Baltic and Far Eastern basins, a network of railway container terminals, a fleet of containers and fitting platforms.

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