Port congestion increasing globally
resulting in bottlenecks
Increasing port congestion issues are causing product shortages, price increases, and driving inflation.
“Port congestion is growing worldwide as an increase in container traffic and ongoing consolidation in the shipping industry compound other problems such as inefficient transfer to inland transportation and episodic weather.”
“The lack of efficiency in supply chains, logistics and trade facilitation is equal to an additional tariff on the imported or exported goods.”
“Delays (across the world) have serious effects on just-in-time distribution systems, which seek to reduce inventory and distribution costs, and on lean production techniques, which seek to cut down on sources of waste in manufacturing.”
"Delays result in huge costs for importers and a serious lack of predictability and reliability in supply chains."
Revolutionizes global shipping industry with a cheaper, cleaner, faster, more efficient and more sustainable alternative to the Panama Canal and other shipping methods.
A new container shipping route just south of the Panama Canal accross Northern Colombia, that connects the North Atlantic and North Pacific routes.
PILA will be a focal point for a system-wide upgrade driven by automation, digitization and technology.
PILA will also serve as the distribution centre for goods going to and from South America and filling the ships going back West, currently mostly empty.
PILA will use a maglev container shipping tunnel to connect two fully automated ports on Colombia's Pacific coast and the Atlantic coast.
Large ships can unload their cargo and send them on sorted to smaller, faster regional ships on the other side in one hour using a high-speed maglev transportation system.
Containers will be securely stored while waiting to be loaded.
PILA will increase the efficiency of the global shipping system ( reducing shipping costs and global port congestion).
PILA will reduce the cost of goods globally, provide a greater outlet for South American goods and further economic development through rail, road and pipeline connections.
90% of trade goes by sea and mostly between the North Atlantic and North Pacific routes. However, only 3% can go directly between the two using the Panama Canal. In contrast, 15% goes through the Suez Canal.
PILA will address this bottleneck.
9-12 months, $75M
12-18 months, $500M
6 years, $15B
Regulation A equity crowdfunding offering to raise up to $75M.
Used for Pre-feasibilty studies, project submission and patent registrations.
Approval from the Ministry of Transportation & The National Infrastructure Agency ( ANI) of Colombia.
High level of interest from all US, international community and major infrastructure investors.
Zergratran expects to generate revenues in diverse ways during and after the construction of the project.
Container, port and pipeline
Brick, soil and water
Hydroelectric and solar
Pre-Feasibility, Feasibility & Construction: 2020-2028: $15.5Billion
President, Treasurer and Chairman
Byron L Bennett is currently President of Zergratran SA, Inc. and has served in that position since May 2021. Byron also serves as CEO of Zergratran, Inc. and has served in that position since its formation in March 2021. Byron currently splits his time between the two companies and the amount of time in a particular week will vary depending on the needs of the companies.
Prior to starting Zergratran, Inc. he was the founder of Liquidity 10 X in New York from April 2019 to May 2020. In that position he was responsible for building the company’s business plan and running the company on a daily basis. From January 2018 to November 2018, he was founder and CEO of Collective Wisdom Technologies (“CWT”) in New York. Before joining CWT, he was founder and CEO of Springtime Solutions in New York from January 2014 to September 2017. He holds a BS degree in Economics from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Secretary and Director
Katarina M V Galic is currently Secretary of Zergratran SA, Inc. and has served in that position since May 2022. Katarina also serves as President of Zergratran, Inc. and has served in that role in since April 2022. Katrina currently splits her time between the two companies and the amount of time in a particular week will vary depending on the needs of the companies. Prior to joining Zergratran, she has been an advisor to the CEO of Zergratran, Inc. since April 2021. Katarina is also currently a Co-Chair of the ESG World Summit and GRIT Awards in Singapore and has served in that role since June 2022.
From January 2021 to March 2022, she was with the EU Tech Chamber in Switzerland holding two executive positions – Director, Women in Tech Alliance and Director, SDG and Ethics Alliance. From January 2018 to December 2020, she was a Board Member and Director of Development at CIFF, Canada and Chair, Fundraising portfolio. From March 2015 – January 2018, she was the Development Director with Canada Bridges, an international development organizations established in Yemen.
Katarina holds an MBA from Institut Franco Américain de Management, a BBA from IFAM, and an Executive Program Certificate from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University (Canadian Federal Government scholarship). She has recently completed the Management of International Development Towards UN Agenda 2030 program with the Università Bocconi, Italy. She is currently enrolled into the PhD program “Sustainable Energy Systems” at the MIT Portugal.
80 Miles - Number of miles from Jurado to the Gulf of Uraba.
$160 Million = 8 boring machines @ $20 Million each.
6 years = Estimated Construction time to complete using 1 boring machine for every 10 miles.
$15 Billion = Estimated tunnel and infrastructure costs at $163 Million per mile.
Potential Reg A Terms: $75 Million USD for a 20% equity stake.
Use of proceeds: Pre-feasibility studies, operating expenses, deposit for the boring machines, sallaries and R&D.
New focal point to distribute goods to/from Colombia and South America.
NOTE: Approximately 3% of global shipments pass through the Panama Canal and much more would pass if it wasn't for the 2-12 days waiting time, 8-10 hours crossing time and high fees ($1 Million+ for large ships).
A new container shipping route accross northern Colombia for sustainable and efficient global trade.
Most efficient shipping container distribution and increased system efficiency overall.
A distribution center for goods going to and from South America.
An opportunity to fill ships going back west ( mostly empty) with more cargo and goods from South America.
Unprecedented impact on the South American countries because of rail and road access.
Unprecedented impact on an impoverished and troubled region: jobs, electricity, roads, telecom, clean water, bricks, sustainable shipping, climate change impact, ESG, etc.
Launched our effort to build Zergratran and Tunel De Las Americas.
Petitioned ANI for permission to move forward with Pre-feasibility.
ANI approves petition to do Pre-feasibility and gives conditional approval to move forward with Feasibility.
Changed project name from Tunel De Las Americas to Puerto International Las Americas; based on feedback.
The Proyecta Consulting team switch from independent contractors to members of the Zergratran team.
Zergratran joins the EU Tech Chamber.
Zergratran selected as a finalist and presented at the EU Tech Investor Forum.
Zergratran selected as a finalist and presented at the EU Tech SDG Awards .
Zergratran secures an additional $100,000 in seed capital.
Secured $120, 000 direct funding.
Project structuring (meet ANI
requirements for moving to the next phase, i.e. Feasibility)
Legal and regulatory
Markets to be served (National and International)
Environmental and Social Management (Stakeholders)
Logistic, port and transport
Investment and Financial Banking
CAPEX – OPEX
Specialties (Processes, Equipment, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Instrumentation & Control)
Three ports are being built across the Gulf of Uraba.
Those will be complimentary distribution centers and connected through rail links.
They will operated by Brasilian, French and Korean operators.