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 three rubber tyred gantry cranes and a fleet of reachstackers and other ancillary port equipment. C RO Ports London is part of the CLdN Group. CLdN’s ferry lines operate 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 these routes.


Annual throughput at the 90-acre site is around 200,000 containers, 200,000 trailers and 200,000 cars.

C RO Ports London invested heavily in replacement pontoon and linkspan infrastructure in 2013. In 2018, the lower berth was replaced to enable the terminal to cater for CLdN’s new largest ships.

Additional storage capacity is being delivered under planning permissions obtained in 2017, allowing the enhancement and optimisation of existing operations, as well as new cargo handling capacity.

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 6,000 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

Joost Rubens, Director
Email: Joost.RUBENS@croports.com
Tel: (01708) 865522
Barry Day, Terminal Manager
Email: barry.day@croports.com
Tel: (01708) 865522
Map reference 33

2 Ro-Ro Berths each 200+ metres long.
(Stern ramp onto floating Pontoon)
1 Lay-by berth 175 metres.
New build vessels handled on both
upper and lower berths

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.
38 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

Joost Rubens
Email: Joost.RUBENS@croports.com
Tel: (01708) 865522
Map reference 39

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
No1 London Gateway
Essex SS17 9DY
Tel: (01375) 648300
Email: matt.abbott@dpworld.com

Mr Craig Moore, Head of Supply Chain
Email: craig.moore@dpworld.com
Tel: (01375) 648365

Mr James Leeson, Head of Commercial UK Ports
Email: james.leeson@dpworld.com
Tel: (01375) 648346

Map reference 53

3 deepwater berths (expanding to 6).

1,300 metres (expanding to 2,600 metres).

Deep-sea container terminal close to major cargo centres. Portcentric warehousing with Europe’s largest logistics park adjacent to the port. Depth 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 750,000 diesel engines were manufactured at Ford’s Dagenham Engine Plant in 2018. The vast majority are shipped from Ford’s Dagenham Jetty to the company’s vehicle assembly plants throughout Europe.

To support power train and vehicle manufacture, the Dagenham Jetty handles 50,000 trailer movements per year between the UK and continental Europe. In addition to freight, more than 200,000 finished Ford vehicles are imported, with a further 10,000 third party 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.

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,
Essex RM9 6SA
Tel: (020) 8526 2710

Mr Kris Moulsdale,
Superintendent Rail Jetty
Email: kmoulsda@ford.com
Tel: (020) 8526 2710
Map reference 26

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 Third Party vehicles.

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