Connections, construction, certification and community

From Berth Three to a new distribution centre for Lidl UK, developments continue apace at DP World London Gateway.

CMA VesselFirst call: CMA CGM’s European Caribbean Service is the latest line to start calling at London Gateway.

DP World London Gateway Port opened an eventful 2016 by welcoming one of the world’s largest container ships – UASC’s 400-metre-long Al Muraykh, loaded with a world record 18,601 teu.

Twelve months later, the close of 2016 was marked by a series of significant announcements...

One of the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket groups, Lidl UK, is to open a 187,000 sq ft distribution facility at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park in February 2017.

Construction work has started for phase two of the DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre to provide 180,000 square feet of new warehousing and office space on the Logistics Park.

DP World London Gateway Port achieved full Authorised Economic Operator status

CMA CGM’s European Caribbean Service is to start calling at DP World London Gateway Port from January 2017.

Built on the site of the former Shell Haven oil refinery and opened in 2013, London DP World continues on its expansion path. When fully developed, the deepwater container port will provide six berths along 2,700 metres of quay, with depth alongside of 17 metres and annual capacity of 3.5 million teu.

Throughout 2016, DP World London Gateway’s new Berth Three continued to take shape. In June, the Zhen Hua 10 made its way up the River Thames at the end of its voyage from Shanghai, to deliver the first two of the new state-ofthe- art quay cranes for Berth Three. Two more cranes followed a week later.

Weighing in at 2,000 tonnes, these quay cranes are 138 metres tall at their highest point, the same height as the London Eye. During 2016, the port also took delivery of stacking cranes, hybrid shuttle carriers and other equipment for Berth Three.

Early in 2016, it was announced that Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping line, was to switch the UK call on its South America service to DP World London Gateway, with the first call in March.

Later in the year, the port welcomed another new service, linking South and Central America to North Europe. The SAWC-USA-NWC service is operated by MSC, and the first call at DP World London Gateway was made by the MSC Sofia Celeste in October.

The service has consolidated MSC’s US East Coast to South America West Coast with Northern Europe to South America West Coast services, following expansion of the Panama Canal.

In September, it was announced that CMA CGM’s NEMO (North European Mediterranean Oceania) and Hapag Lloyd’s EAX (Europe, Australia Express) combined service would be calling at DP World London Gateway. As a result, DP World London Gateway will be handling all of the UK’s direct services to Australia. In addition to four port calls at cities in Australia, the service provides more direct links with Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Malta and Italy.

CMA CGM’s European Caribbean Service started calling at DP World London Gateway in January 2017. Dedicated to reefer transport, the service will provide one of the shortest transit times on the market between Central America and North Europe. It also enables the UK to connect with the whole of the Caribbean region through CMA CGM’s strategic hub in Kingston, Jamaica.

Logistics Park

Developments have also continued at the nine million square foot DP World London Gateway Logistics Park.

Work to create 180,000 square feet of new, cross-dock distribution warehousing and office space is well under way. This is the second and final phase of the DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre.

Phase One, providing 207,000 square feet of warehouse and office space, was completed in early 2015. Phase Two, which will be available for occupation from May 2017, adds another 155,000 square feet of warehouse accommodation, plus 10,000 square feet of conjoined office space. In addition to this, there is a separate 15,000 square feet of office space available for occupation.

“This development provides a rare opportunity for fast occupation of a high spec cross-dock distribution warehouse facility, in a prime South East location, next to the rapidly expanding deepwater port,” says DP World London Gateway Logistics Park Development Director Oliver Treneman.

Meanwhile, work has been progressing on UPS’s 32,000 square metre new parcel sorting hub; the steel structure has risen from the ground and this facility is on track to open by the end of 2017.

One of UPS’s largest ever infrastructure investments outside the United States, this facility will act as a UK hub and distribution centre for the local area as well as a key gateway to its global transportation network. Once completed, this state-of-the-art facility will be able to process approximately 30,000 packages per hour, with room for further expansion.

Other logistics developments included confirmation that truck and trailer specialist Hireco would work with DP World to offer a range of services and facilities for hauliers at DP World London Gateway.


From the day that DP World London Gateway took over the former Shell Haven oil refinery site, a determined commitment to the environment has continued in parallel with port and logistics park developments.

That commitment continued in 2016, and in October DP World London Gateway completed the creation of the new Salt Fleet Flats Reserve – 65 hectares of intertidal habitat, made up of 59 hectares of mudflat, important for wading birds, and six hectares of saltmarsh.

The new reserve, equivalent in size to 82 football pitches, is on the south bank of the River Thames, just north of Cooling, in Kent. DP World was required to provide additional mudflat habitat as a condition of being granted permission to build the deepsea terminal. This was to compensate for habitat expected to be lost during construction. However, DP World has more than compensated, creating 12 more hectares than required.

London Gateway Salt Flats ReserveSouth bank view: London Gateway at night, seen from the new Salt Fleet Flats Reserve compensation site.

On the north bank of the Thames, DP World created Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve. Completed in 2010, this provides 27 hectares of intertidal mudflat habitat.

Salt Fleet Flats Reserve was created by building a new 2.4 km sea wall, inland of the existing one; the older sea wall was then breached along a 700 metre section to enable the land to flood with the tide. This was the largest breach of a sea wall in the UK.

Also in 2016, DP World London Gateway Port was awarded The Planet Mark for demonstrating its commitment to carbon emissions reduction.

This internationally recognised certification programme is wholly owned by Planet First, a sustainability service provider working in conjunction with the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The port was able to demonstrate the systems it already has in place to reduce and monitor its carbon emissions, which include high-quality data and detailed carbon measurement, automated stacking cranes and other hi-tech initiatives that increase efficiency, LED lighting throughout the port and operations buildings, and zero waste to landfill.

Commitment to the community

DP World London Gateway has been very involved in community projects from the outset and recently that commitment has been reinforced with the launch of a strategy which seeks to give back to the community and inspire the next generation.

In the past two years, the port has welcomed more than 1,500 visitors from the local community.

During 2016, more than 150 members of the DP World London Gateway team volunteered in local secondary and primary schools, hospices, nature reserves and beaches. This benefited more than 50 organisations and more than 2,000 individuals.

DP World London Gateway raised £40,000 at its annual charity quiz night, organised a Christmas party for 100 local school children and worked with local schools and an artist to create a mural for one of Stanford-le-Hope’s subways.

In October DP World London Gateway completed the creation of the new Salt Fleet Flats Reserve – 65 hectares of intertidal habitat, made up of 59 hectares of mudflat, important for wading birds, and six hectares of saltmarsh.

AEO accreditation

Achieving full Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status is an important step for DP World London Gateway.

AEO accreditation indicates that the port’s role in the international supply chain is secure and that Customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.

London Gateway’s designation followed a three-day audit of the site which scrutinised the port’s security, IT and fiscal systems, and its storage, processing and employment procedures.

AEO status ensures a swifter flow of cargo through the terminal, as Customs procedures are simplified, while the highest levels of security are upheld.

“AEO status grants peace of mind to UK Customs and our customers, while enabling us to deliver a simplified, more efficient service,” says Chris Lewis, UK managing director of DP World.