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HyperloopTT and HHLA present HyperPort at ITS World Congress

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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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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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BICT welcomes newly launched multimodal feeder service

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Batumi International Container Terminal – BICT, International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s – ICTSI business unit in Georgia, recently welcomed ADY Container LLC’s newly launched multimodal feeder service.

The rail-sea service connects Asia to Europe via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, also known as the Middle Corridor. It is designed to cater to the capacity requirement of the Middle Corridor, which has seen increased freight traffic due to the growing volume transiting through Azerbaijan. Majority of the cargo handled by the service are exports from China.

For the sea leg, ADY Container and Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company deployed a feeder vessel to operate the route between Port of Batumi and Constanța in Romania every 10 days. From Romania, cargo is transported by rail to different destinations in Europe.

More than 9,000 TEUs have passed through the Trans-Caspian route during the first four months of 2022 – a 30 percent increase compared to the volume from the same period last year. With the current geopolitical situation in Europe, ADY Container expects traffic through the Middle Corridor to further increase, which would also require adding more vessels to service the route.

Batumi International Container Terminal- BICT, a wholly-owned ICTSI Group company, has been active in the port of Batumi since 2007 when it acquired a 48-year lease to operate a multi-purpose terminal with exclusivity for container handling. ICTSI  is in the business of port development, management and operations  ICTSI’s portfolio of terminals and projects are located in developed and emerging market economies in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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RUSCON completes the export of two container trains to Belgium

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Multimodal logistics operator RUSCON, part the Delo Group, successfully completed the export of two container trains for the Belgian consignee.

In July 2022, container trains with 124 40-foot containers were delivered to the destination – Zeebrugge. The trains followed the route Tikhonovo Station – Brest/Malashevich – Rotterdam – Zeebrugge. The cargo was delivered in two shipments. The first train set out in June and the second after two days.

The shipment successfully passed customs clearance at the border with Poland and passed through Europe to the destination in Rotterdam without any delays. The organizers of the transportation are the Moscow office of RUSCON together with TransContainer.

“Considering all the geopolitical instability, one of a key factor in delivering the shipment without delays was the proficiency of a specialists and their careful planning of the delivery route. We keep on the planned course and adapt to any external conditions.” said Andrey Chernyshev, the Senior Vice President of RUSCON.

He added, “The successful implementation of this shipment once again confirmed the high level of professionalism both company and our colleagues from TransContainer in carrying out such a difficult shipments.”

Ruscon is 3PL operator for containerized cargo delivery in Russia and the CIS based on Delo Group’s assets. 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.

The transport and logistics business of the Group is made up of the multimodal transport operator Ruscon and the intermodal container operator TransContainer that owns and operates the largest fleet of containers and flatcars over the entire 1520 standard railway network.

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