DP World London Gateway has opened Berth 3 and welcomed the global container shipping consortium THE Alliance.
DP World London Gateway has gone from strength to strength since opening for business in 2013 – and 2017 was another major turning point for the UK’s newest deepwater container port.
The port’s third berth was completed and opened, and the year also saw a series of investment announcements by DP World and its partners. DP World London Gateway Port also announced that it had achieved a 28% reduction in its carbon emissions. However, the biggest headlines came in March, when it was revealed that the global container shipping consortium THE Alliance would concentrate all of its mainline UK calls at DP World’s facilities, including London Gateway and Southampton.
Up to that point, London Gateway had been winning numerous North-South services and also building up its reputation by handling a large number of ad hoc Asia-Europe vessels. The announcement by THE Alliance meant the port would welcome its first regular Asia-Europe services.
THE Alliance brings together Hapag Lloyd, K-Line, MOL, NYK Line and Yang Ming. As the UK port of call for the consortium’s FE3 string, DP World London Gateway is handling some of the world’s largest containerships, on East-West trades, on a regular basis. In addition, THE Alliance has chosen DP World London Gateway as its UK port of call for three important transatlantic services.
“This means we now offer the widest choice to shippers on North-South and East-West trade lanes,” says Chris Lewis, DP World’s UK CEO. “DP World in the UK offers unrivalled choice, flexibility and resilience to its shipping line customers.”
Following on from THE Alliance, there were further new services to come. In July, it was announced that CMA CGM and Seatrade’s new service linking Northern Europe with the United States, Central America, the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand would call at DP World London Gateway.
At the end of March 2017, DP World London Gateway formally opened Berth 3, in time for THE Alliance’s arrival. The berth is equipped with some of the largest quay cranes in the world; weighing 2,000 tonnes each, they are 138 metres tall at their highest point, the same height as the London Eye.
Built on the site of the former Shell Haven oil refinery, DP World London Gateway will ultimately provide six berths along 2,700 metres of quay, with depth alongside of 17 metres and annual capacity of 3.5 million teu.
The port is completely integrated with the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, which provides nearly one million square metres of supply chain and distribution space for retailers and logistics firms.
Developments in 2017 included...
One of the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket groups, Lidl UK, opened a new 187,000 square foot distribution facility on the logistics park.
Dixons Carphone started operating out of Plot 3010, a 316,000 square foot joint venture development with Prologis.
Phase two of the DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre was completed, providing 180,000 square feet of new warehousing and office space on the Logistics Park. The facility is ideal for high-spec cross-dock distribution and warehousing.
UPS began operating out of its state-of- =the-art parcel sorting hub in time for Black Friday. The development, which at full tilt will be able to process 35,000 packages an hour, is the parcel firm’s largest ever infrastructure investment outside the United States.
ATL Haulage Contractors, an Essex logistics provider, entered into an agreement with DP World London Gateway for a 2.64 acre haulage yard providing parking for up to 80 trucks.
Pentalver started work on an expansion of its container facility at the port.
Wincanton, one of the UK’s largest logistics companies, announced plans for a haulage base at the port.
SH Pratt Group announced it would open a multi-temperature product handling facility.
Solent Stevedores announced plans to open an off-dock empty container storage yard at the port.
DP World London Gateway confirmed as one of the fastest growing container ports in the world
The rapid rise in container volumes being handled through DP World London Gateway was recognised by two prestigious ‘top 100 container ports’ publications in 2017. In the ‘league tables’ published by World Port Development/the International Journal for Port Management and by Lloyd’s List, DP World London Gateway was confirmed as one of the fastest growing container ports in the world. The Port of London was placed 66th overall by Lloyd’s List.
Go Green Week
DP World London Gateway Port took part in Go Green Week in September 2017, a global environmental campaign that takes place in ports all over the world. The theme for 2017 was ‘Be a Climate Mate’, with activities arranged and awareness raised around the impacts of climate change.
DP World London Gateway encouraged its 500-strong team to be even more environmentally friendly, by promoting car share initiatives and green car leasing and provoking thought on how team members can be good ‘climate mates’ at work and at home.
“We will continue to drive down carbon emissions and invest in innovative, green solutions to maintain and enhance the precious environment and community around us,” says Chris Lewis.