Zergratran Builds Zero-Emission Shipping Alternative to the Panama Canal


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Zergratran is creating a shipping route that is an alternative to the Panama Canal for container ships by leveraging and enhancing existing technology like automated unloading of shipping containers and moving containers through a tunnel with high-speed skids powered by magnetic levitation. The shipping corridor connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and is fully powered by solar, wind, and hydroelectric energy sources.

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The Challenge

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. The Panama Canal operates at maximum capacity. The waiting time for ships to transit is between two and ten days. The transit time is ten hours.

The maximum capacity for the Panama Canal is 16,000 TEU. Larger ships must take the longer route around Chile or pass through the Suez Canal.

The Numbers

Around 20 million containers worldwide make a total of 200 million trips every year.

Two main shipping corridors are the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal. 3% of the global trade volume moves through the Panama Canal, while 15% moves through the Suez Canal.

The annual revenue of the Panama Canal is $4 billion
The annual revenue of the Suez Canal is $12 billion

The Panama Canal operates at maximum capacity. No more than 14,000 ships can transit the Canal, and the maximum size for a container ship is 16,000 TEU. The current wait time is up to 12 days, and it takes a ship about 10 hours to cross the canal. If more ships could go through the canal, they would.

Ships are getting bigger and bigger. The newest container ships have a capacity of over 24,000 TEU.

Ships waiting to transit the Panama Canal

Zergratran offers a sustainable solution

Two fully automated ports

Located on Colombia’s Pacific and Atlantic Coast. Large ships can unload containers, which can be sorted to smaller regional ships on both sides, or another large ship on the other side

Innovative (un)loading solution

Fully automated for a fast turnaround for loading and unloading ships.

High-speed Maglev transportation

Transporting the containers from ship to ship through a tunnel connecting the ports.

Zero-emission shipping solution

A truly sustainable solution through the use of energy-efficient maglev systems and leveraging green energy sources like wind and solar.

SDG Award winner

Zergratran helps align the shipping sector with the goal of limiting the global temperature rise and is recognised by the ESG World Summit Singapore as the SDG 9 GRIT Awards winner.

Want to know more about our Sustainability goals? Read it here.


Revenue sources

Zergratran expects to generate revenues in diverse ways during and after the construction of the project.


from the ports and transits through the tunnel

Product sales

of soil, brick and water

Energy sales

from our hydroelectric and solar power sources

Licencing fees

 from our automated crane and maglev solutions

Why you should invest:

Lower carbon footprint

Zergratran is developing a sustainable zero-emissions transportation solution. You will help lower the carbon footprint across global supply chains

Get involved in Zergratran

You will be actively involved, voting on shareholder decisions, and helping decide what the future of shipping will look like.

Profit from the revolution

While there are no guarantees, we expect liquidity within 12 months. You will receive one transferable container crossing for each $1000

Invest in the future today

Use of funds

Zergratran received approval from Colombia’s National Infrastructure Agency (ANI) and the Ministry of Transportation to move forward with Pre-Feasibility and conditional approval for Feasibility.

This round of Reg A investments will be used to conclude the pre-feasibility studies and patent registrations.

We will add executives with mega project experience, add experienced advisors, form strategic partnerships with subcontractors and start engineering our maglev system and automated cranes.

Project phases

1. Pre-Feasability

9-12 months, $5M-75M

2. Feasability

12-18 months, $500M

3. Construction

6 years, $15B

The follow-on investments to conclude the feasibility and construction fases will be based on two high-yield government-backed bond rounds.

Government approvals

Zergratran petitioned for and received approval from Colombia’s National Infrastructure Agency (ANI) and the Ministry of Transportation to move forward with Pre-Feasibility and conditional approval for Feasibility. As soon as we complete out pre-feasibility study in its entirety, we can move on to our feasibility study.

The pre-feasibility study includes elements like a general study of the project areas, a forecast of supply and demand, an analysis of alternatives, estimated operation and maintenance cost, environmental and technical studies, and studies on the project’s effect on local populations.

The team

Meet our heroes

Our zero-emission transportation solution is being developed by a visionary team of engineers, specialists, and supply chain experts.

The board of directors

Byron Bennett

CEO, Interim CFO, Chairman

Katarina M.V. Galic


Robert Bohorad


Herbert Chain

Director, Audit Committee Chair

L Hari Gopal

Board advisor / Director / investor

Thomas Lee


Maduka Chidebelu-Eze


Team members

Elizabeth Sullivan

Sr. Director of Global Trade & Regulatory Relations

Nirmal Paudel

SVP Technology

Martijn Graat

Head of Content

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