London Gateway Port open
On 7 November, the UK's new global shipping port welcomed its first scheduled vessel.
After over 10 years of planning and construction across 3 square miles, DP World London Gateway deep-sea port - claimed also to be Europe’s largest logistics hub - is now open.
The first scheduled vessel to berth was the ‘MOL Caledon’ from South Africa. It was welcomed by the Chairmen of DP World and MOL Liner, together with a team of senior executives.
DP World explains that London Gateway is located closer to the major population centres of London, Birmingham and Manchester than other ports that are capable of handling the world’s largest ships - reducing transport costs for exporters and importers by reducing millions of trucking miles from supply chains.
The port has been built to accommodate the next generation of ships - ‘ultra large container ships’ (ULCS), up to 400 metres long and capable of carrying over 18,000 shipping containers. When fully developed, it will operate 6 berths, with a total of 24 quay cranes and will be able to handle 3.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU containers) a year.
Over 30% of the containers moving through the port are planned to go by rail - the terminal can handle the longest trains in the UK.
According to a study by Oxford Economics, once fully operational, London Gateway will create 36,000 jobs and contribute £3.2bn to UK GDP annually.
DP World operates over 65 marine terminals, including new developments, across 6 continents. The MOL Caledon is part of the South African Europe Container Service (SAECS) - a consortium of shipping lines including MOL, Maersk, DAL and Safmarine.
Details from DP World below . .