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  August 16th, 2016 | Written by

BREAKING NEWS: DP World Partners With Hyperloop to Evalute New Technology

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DP World, a global terminal operator and logistics services provider headquartered in Dubai, has signed a memorandum of understanding today with U.S.-based Hyperloop One to explore the role of Hyperloop’s technology in the future of world trade.

The collaboration is for feasibility studies that analyze the value of using Hyperloop systems in the United Arab Emirates, with an initial 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.

Hyperloop is a new technology that uses vacuum tubes to push capsules containing cargo or passengers between locations at speeds exceeding 550 mph. Hyperloop One, the first company to attempt to commercialize this technology, recently set up its first production facility in North Las Vegas, Nevada, where it will be building a Hyperloop prototype for trial runs early next year.

“At DP World, we continually strive to think ahead and foresee change to create the most efficient, safe and profitable trade solutions,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO. “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 potential to use these kind of technologies in emerging markets outside the UAE such as Africa and Asia with large land mass is significant.”

“This partnership allows us to embrace the innovation of the UAE and to utilize the creativity of DP World,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One, “while expanding the variety of use cases for Hyperloop. The UAE has taken a leadership role in pushing global transportation solutions to the forefront and we believe that it is the perfect market for Hyperloop.”