Container Terminal Altenwerder could in future host a hyperloop station for containers
According to Hamburger Abendblatt, HHLA is negotiating with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, an Elon Musk company, to develop a hyperloop very high speed, tube monorail system for container transportation.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is developing a passenger hyperloop aimed at cutting travel time for passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles to 36 minutes. The first passenger loop capsule is being built in Toulouse, France, in collaboration with Carbures SA.
Hyperloop is a high speed monorail with magnetic levitation, operating in a tube (just like mail in the 1950s). Inside the tube a vacuum exists, so trains move without air resistance or friction. Theoretically, speeds of up to 1200 km per hour can be reached.
“We are in negotiations, but have not yet reached an agreement,” a HHLA spokesman was quoted in Hamburger Abendblatt. The newspaper understands, however, that a letter of Intent has been signed and construction could commence within 2-3 years.
A new type of station is required to load the containers into the capsules, which will also have to be redesigned to carry heavy unit loads. The terminal would be built at HHLA’s CTA container terminal. According to HTT, up to 4100 containers a day could be delivered into the hinterland in minutes. The object is to replace truck transports, rather than intermodal rail services, suggesting inland stations within 300-350 kms of the port.