INVEST

PILA
PUERTO INTERNACIONAL LAS AMERICAS

Zergratran's  Puerto International Las Americas (PILA) project in northern Colombia will use an underground tunnel and cutting edge technology to transfer shipping containers between ports on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. 

Our Maglev and linear induction propulsion based technology is entirely electric and non-polluting.
 
PILA will use the full-scale Maglev carriers to transport containers in between North Atlantic and North Pacific.  

The problem

We are witnessing the unprecedented crisis in shipping and global trade.  World wide sea trade is experiencing rapidly growing demand, but is very stressed with increasing port congestions, prices​, shortages, and risks: e.g. the Ever Green incident in the Suez Canal. Many, including the G7 nations, are now predicting that the situation will take years of coordinated effort to sort out the problem. 

Current wait time for container ships to cross Panama Canal.

Of the world trade is carried by the sea and mostly between the North Atlantic and North Pacific

Of all world trade can actually pass through the Panama Canal

Of all global container traffic passes through Suez Canal

Of shipping containers, after unloading, return to Asia empty.

Due to the continuous push for higher GDPs and efforts to reduce the burning of fossil fuel to prioritise sustainability and the impacts of man-related climate change – there is an urgent need to introduce a fully sustainable, zero-emission solution for global shipping and transportation. 

The solution

Our Solution, PILA - the “Green Gateway”, is a tunnel that will use Maglev technology to transport goods faster, cheaper and more efficiently. PILA will add a new container shipping route across the Central America region. It will be the focal point of a system wide efficiently upgrade that is driven by automation, containerization, digitization, technology and connections to neighboring port facilities.

From ship to rail to track

Each shipment weighing over 100kg is sent by sea freight. Containers are designed and built ​for intermodal freight transport. This means they can be used across various transportation modes. They can travel from ship to rail to truck without unloading and reloading the cargo.

Automated sorting

Our Atlantic port sorting robots will transfer freight from the ship to tunnel carriers. They will be pulled via Maglev and transported to the Pacific port (and vice versa), ​and onto the ships (or trucks) waiting to be loaded instead of traveling back empty. 

Faster moving of goods

Zergratran's solution will move goods through a tunnel much faster and help tackle the dramatic growth in online shopping and freight traffic. 
This will increase profits and reduce the ocean and air pollution and sea congestions caused by an antiquated shipping approach

Maglev technology

Maglev transportation is a system that employs a high-tech guideway, generating powerful magnetic forces that yield very high speeds and utilize very sophisticated electronic controls.  As a sustainable transport start-up, we are developing ground-breaking technology designed to meet long-term sustainability goals and change the shipping industry forever. 

Green Gateway

Our “Green Gateway” will be the first “green corridor” in the World. Maglev system, used in speed trains, has already demonstrated the core components of safety, levitation, propulsion, stability, loading, and speed.   

Benefit

Imagine a 13,000+ TEU container ship that can’t pass through the Panama Canal unloads at our North Pacific port. We transfer the containers across to our North Atlantic port in 15 minutes using an underground tunnel.

Currently, regional ships are waiting at port take the containers onward to the US, Gulf, Eastern ports and Europe.
 60% of ships return west to Asia mostly empty. 

Zergratran’s PILA solution allows for faster and more efficient distribution of the containers. It enables the empty ships to be filled with containers from South America, thus creating higher profitability for manufacturers, freight forwarders, retailers, etc. and ultimately benefiting each of us as consumers by lowering the prices of the products we purchase.

Another huge benefit of this shipping model is that by shortening the length of time a container is on a ship, it drastically reduces fuel usage and creates a sustainable shipping model.

Milestones

May 2019

Launched our effort to build Zergratran and Tunel De Las Americas.

October 2019

Petitioned ANI for permission to move forward with Pre-feasibility.

November 2019

ANI approves petition to do Pre-feasibility and gives conditional approval to move forward with Feasibility.

August 2020

Changed project name from Tunel De Las Americas to Puerto International Las Americas; based on feedback.

March 2021

The Proyecta Consulting team switch from independent contractors to members of the Zergratran team.

June 2021

Zergratran joins the EU Tech Chamber.

July 2021

Zergratran selected as a finalist and presented at the EU Tech Investor Forum.

December 2021

Zergratran selected as a finalist and presented at the EU Tech SDG Awards . 

February - July 2022

Company hires additional Executive team members with multiple industry experience.  

April 2022

Zergratran secures an additional $100,000 in seed capital. 

July 2022

Zergratran received the SDG 9 Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure award on 7/22/22 from the ESG World Summit & Grit Awards held in Singapore.