C RO Ports London Ltd

The C Ro Ports London Ltd Ro-Ro terminal at Purfleet handles cars and trailers in conventional Ro-Ro style as well as handling containers by using two rubber tyred gantry cranes and a fleet of reachstackers and other ancillary port equipment.


Annual throughput at the 90-acre site is around 200,000 containers, 250,000 trailers and 250,000 cars. During 2013, C Ro Ports London invested heavily in replacement pontoon and linkspan infrastructure. The ferry operator runs three daily sailings each way between Purfleet and Zeebrugge and one daily sailing between Purfleet and Rotterdam. Internal changes in fleet utilisation have enabled it to use the largest ships ever deployed on this route.

C RO Ports London is on the north side of the Thames, close to the QEII Bridge and the M25 motorway. Just-in-time operations are becoming more and more important for its customers and the terminal focuses on providing the best vehicle turnround times possible in order to protect delivery schedules.

The terminal has 800 trailer bays, along with spaces for 800 container/tank units and 10,000 cars. There are two working berths with one lay-by berth, all dredged to eight metres, an in-house engineering workshop and a transit shed. The terminal is rail linked, with its own sidings accommodating both container and car traffic.

An on-site pre-delivery inspection (PDI) and vehicle enhancement centre provides a range of services, including the installation of navigation systems, security system upgrades, racking, painting, body kits and spoilers. Among the manufacturers using Purfleet to transport vehicles are General Motors (Vauxhall and Opel), BMW, Mercedes and Mazda.

C RO London Ltd
London Road, Purfleet,
Essex RM19 1RP
Tel: (01708) 865522
Fax: (01708) 866418
Mike Lewis, Director
E-mail: mike.lewis@croports.com
Tel: (01708) 865522
Fax: (01708) 866418
Barry Day, Terminal Manager
E-mail: barry.day@croports.com
Tel: (01708) 865522
Fax: (01708) 866418
Map reference 34
2 Ro-Ro Berths each 200+ metres long.
(Stern ramp onto floating Pontoon).
1 Lay-by berth 175 metres.
Depth of Water
13.38 metres MHWS
(6.8 metres at Chart Datum).
3 x 40-tonne - Rubber tyred gantry cranes (within Terminal).
Terminal Equipment
31 Terminal tractors
4 x 45-tonne Reachstackers
2 x 45-tonne Combilift
Various Forklifts 1 x 32-tonne
1 x 40-tonne mobile crane attachment for Reachstacker
Within minutes of the M25 and A13.
Two double rail sidings with direct entry to the main Railtrack network.
HM Revenue & Customs Sufferance
Fully approved (except Tobacco, Frozen Meat, Fresh Meat, Chilled Meat).
Customs office within the terminal open (office hours) Monday through to Saturday (inclusive).
Cargo Accommodation
90 acres available for handling/storage of Trailers/Tanktainers/Containers/Swapbodies and Automobiles.
Space on terminal for 800 trailers, 650 containers/tanks and 6,000 cars.
Covered transhipment/restow area of 3,000 square metres.
28 Plug-in facilities for temperature controlled cargoes.
Automobile enhancement/PDI facility.
Fully Computerised Terminal Location system.

C RO Ports Dartford Ltd

The C RO Ports Dartford Ltd terminal, on the south side of the Thames and just minutes from the QEII Bridge.
The site is 45 acres and has two berths dredged to 11 metres.

C RO Ports Dartford Ltd
London Road, Purfleet,
Essex RM19 1RP
Tel: (01708) 865522
Fax: (01708) 866418
Mike Lewis
E-mail: mike.lewis@croports.com
Tel: (01708) 865522
Fax: (01708) 866418
Map reference 41
2 Deep water Ro-Ro Berths.
Each berth can take vessels up to 236 metres in length.
Depth of Water
17.66 metres MHWS
(11.1 metres at Chart Datum)

DP World London Gateway Port Ltd

No 1 London Gateway
Essex SS17 9DY
Tel: (01375) 648300
Email: enquiries@londongateway.com
Mr James Leeson,
Port Commmercial Manager
E-mail: james.leeson@dpworld.com
Tel: (01375) 648346
Mr Andy Browning,
Supply Chain Manager
E-mail: andy.browning@dpworld.com
Tel: (01375) 648608
Map reference 55
3 deepwater berths (expanding to 6).
1400 metres of quay
(expanding to 2700 metres).
Deep-sea container terminal close to major cargo centres.
Portcentric warehousing with Europe’s largest logistics park adjacent to the port.
17 metres Berth pockets.
ISO 14001 Certified.
HM Revenue & Customs
Comprehensive HMRC offices and staff on site with full examination facilities available.
Other facilities
Bunkering permitted through shipping agent.
independent manned guarding service fully compliant with ISPS

Ford Motor Company

About one million diesel engines are manufactured each year at Ford’s Dagenham Engine Plant. The vast majority are shipped from Ford’s Dagenham Jetty to the company’s vehicle assembly plants throughout Europe.

Ford Motor Company

To support power train and vehicle manufacture, the Dagenham Jetty handles 60,000 trailer movements per year between the UK and continental Europe. In addition to freight, more than 280,000 finished Ford vehicles are imported, with a further 12,000 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles exported to Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

On behalf of Ford, Cobelfret operates vessels on the Dagenham/Vlissingen service, with two arrivals into Dagenham per day. In August 2012, a larger vessel was added into the loop, providing greater capacity and more flexibility. As well as handling Ford’s own business, the Dagenham Jetty moves third party business. Trailers are shipped for a variety of customers, as Cobelfret and Ford look to maximise both shipping and port operations.

Ford has recently completed a year-long US$8 million jetty refurbishment at the terminal. The company invested approximately US$1.4 million in new tow tugs early in 2015.

Although Ford operates its own in-house freight forwarding department, it remains committed to seeking additional third party freight business and any opportunity to export finished vehicles to the continent for other UK-based manufacturers.

Ford Motor Company Ltd
Transport Operations,
Dagenham, Essex RM9 6SA
Tel: (020) 8526 3702
Fax: (020) 8526 1758
Jim Wright,
Manager Jetty Operations
E-mail: jwrigh41@ford.com
Tel: (020) 8526 3702
Fax: (020) 8526 1758
Map reference 27
1 Ro-Ro berth.
241 metres.
Depth of Water
11.45 metres MHWS
(6.4 metres at Chart Datum)
Cargo Accommodation
Trailer parks.
Car parks.
Thames Avenue from A13
HM Revenue & Customs Sufferance
PACE plus full T1 Clearance.
Unaccompanied trailers -
Ford Motor Company Components and
Ford Motor Company, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.
Plus third Party - including non-automotive cargo.
Annual Volumes
25,000 trailers imported,
25,000 trailers exported,
290,000 cars imported,
22,000 cars exported.
2 Ro-Ro sailings per day to/from Vlissingen.
Vessels owned and operated by
Cobelfret Ferries - Service is under
contract with Ford Motor Company.
Agents: Cobelfret Ferries UK Ltd.