Byron Bennett on the Joy of Logistics Podcast on a Future Panama Canal Alternative

Recently our CEO Byron Bennett joined Christoph Scheithe, host of the Joy of Logistics Podcast, for a live interview about our plans to create a zero-emission alternative to the Panama Canal that will transform global logistics. 

The Zergratran Project

Our project involves the construction of two ports and a tunnel, intending to create a more efficient and sustainable global transportation system. Our solution uses magnetic levitation (maglev) technology to transport containers at high speeds across multiple tracks, aiming for around 200 miles per hour. This would allow the system to move up to 4,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per hour. This capacity is comparable to the Panama Canal, effectively doubling the flow of goods across Central America.

The containers are moved individually on trays or skids, allowing efficient sorting and transfer. The system is designed to ramp up and down over five miles, with 50 to 100 berths at each end. This design allows for capacities and volumes comparable to major ports like Singapore, New York, and Los Angeles.

The Benefits of Maglev Technology

Using maglev technology allows for individual transfers and sorting of containers, a pioneering approach in ocean freight. Secondly, it allows for the system’s efficiency to be increased over time, allowing more volume to be moved.

A Green and Sustainable Approach

The Zergratran project is committed to sustainability. The entire project will be 100% green and sustainable, using clean energy sources. The use of maglev technology also means a significant reduction in electricity consumption. As for a positive impact on the sustainability of global supply chains, the solution will bring down the carbon footprint of the shipping industry, as less miles need to be covered by large ships burning bunker fuel.

The Potential Impact

Byron tells Christoph about the potential impact our project will have. Addressing the most significant marine trade bottleneck, it could significantly improve the efficiency of global trade. The project has already received several awards for its innovative and sustainable approach.

If you want to learn more about this, you can listen to the episode here:

About the author:

Martijn Graat

Martijn is Zergratran’s Head of Content. He writes about the latest trends and innovations in logistics and anything related to Zergratran