|London Gateway – Supersized Container Vessel|
We are pleased to advise you of some very exciting news given to us at our latest London Port Community Meeting. Finally we have confirmation that at last after a decade of planning and construction the DP World London Gateway Deep-water Container Port will open for business on the fourth quarter of this year. This is a prodigious World-Class Deep-Water Container Port which has been built at Thurrock in Essex where the Shellhaven Terminal once stood which like Felixstowe and Tilbury Port is on our doorstep.
This is one of a new breed of super ports based on the world class Jebel Ali port blue print. It has been thoughtfully designed. The new port should not be too adversely affected by extreme weather or bad winds which can be a major bonus unlike other ports that regularly suffer with closures as it is not in an exposed position as other ports are. Plus a lot of its cranes will be fully automated running on electrified rails; its plan is to operate 364 days a year. Fourteen miles of the Thames had to be dredged to create a marine super highway to allow access for the next generation of supersized container vessels 400 metres long carrying up to 18,000 TEUs (twenty foot containers) to be brought in right up to the deep-water quayside. No expense has been spared with world class ship-to-shore gantry cranes already installed that are taller than the London Eye, Wembley Stadiums arch and two and a half times the height of Nelsons Column!
These cranes can move four containers at one time and will bring greater efficiency to the supply chain. Once landed the containers will be positioned by automatic stacking cranes and delivered to vehicles by a fleet of new two high straddle carriers.
The new port is linked to the rail network with sidings 750 meters long and 30 container trains each carrying (90 TEUs) to be used daily to move cargo to inland railheads. The new development will dramatically increase the capabilities of the Port of London in handling a projected 3.5 million TEU a year. It will bring the world’s largest ships into the capital which is Europe’s largest economic zone. London once again will be globally connected to the major trading ports of the world.
The M25 Motorway has already had some major work completed to improve Junction 30 and the A13 has also had the Manor Way junction revamped to allow for easier access to and from the port to avoid any bottle necks.
There is a massive 560 acre Logistics Park the biggest in Europe being developed on site with new ERTS (Enhanced Remote Transit Shed) (or ITSF/ETSF as they are about to be re-named) coming on line. All in all this really will be a cracking Port with vessels having a faster turnaround, minimal weather disruption, superior tidal window and with use of a high level of automation container movements will be much faster.
At this moment there are a large number of Shipping Lines waiting in the wings to use the port and details will be released from next month onwards. “LONDON GATEWAY” will be the new port name shown on Bills of Lading in future.
Here at Abels with our port brokers assistance, we have been a long term member of the London Port Community for over 20 years. We have already made contingency arrangements to be linked direct to the new port network and linked to HMRC. We will have a new waiver in place specifically for the London Gateway so we will be able to bond cargo forward from the port for day one.
Should there be any need for a personal visit to the port to deal with Port Health or other HMRC queries our port brokers are literally only 10 minutes away by car from our Offices.
We hope to hear from you in due course if you will allow Abels Moving Services the privilege of acting as your UK Partners for the London Gateway Port.