DP World London Gateway has announced its plans for a third berth, after the Secretary of State for Transport visited the port on 10 February 2015.
Located 25 miles from central London, the deep sea hub port has 16 million consumers within 50 miles and enables imports to come into Great Britain closer to where the goods are actually consumed.
Berth Three will allow for the use of an additional 400 meters of quay length with a dredged depth of 17 metres alongside. Currently the port can handle the largest container ships and has developed technology to make sure the gateway stays open no matter the weather.
DP World London Gateway, CEO, Simon Moore, said: “As the port continues to win new business, we are now announcing Berth Three in-line with our customers’ needs and we are delighted the Transport Secretary was able to visit the port and see for himself the facilities and infrastructure we have created to reduce supply chain costs. The DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre, our Common User Facility, is also on track to open in Q2 this year and we are in advanced negotiations with several more clients for the Park.”
During his visit, Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin said: “The continued expansion of London Gateway Port proves Britain is a country where companies want to invest.
“The new third berth announced today will create many new jobs and is a signal that the UK maritime sector is continuing to grow. The maritime sector directly contributes £14 billion to our economy every year and supports more than a million jobs. Having visited the port I have seen for myself what a fantastic piece of infrastructure it is and the opportunity that exists for even further growth and expansion at this site. Putting in place the right foundation to allow businesses like DP World to prosper in the UK is part of the government's long term economic plan.”
Recently, contracts were awarded to VolkerFitzpatrick for civil and electrical works and four new quay cranes have been ordered from ZPMC.
The third berth is expected to be operational by the second half of 2016.