DP World has served the UK an ‘ace’ port with DP World London Gateway says Wimbledon MP Rt. Hon. Stephen Hammond MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
1st July 2014, London: The UK’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport and Wimbledon MP, Rt. Hon. Stephen Hammond MP has paid a visit to DP World London Gateway to congratulate the team on their success.
During Mr Hammond’s last visit in January 2013, the port had only just started to install the first of its yard cranes. Since opening in November 2013, DP World London Gateway has seen a continued increase in ship traffic and is due to see a new West Africa service start in a few weeks.
During the winter, DP World London Gateway accepted a number of unplanned calls by ships that were not able to call at their intended UK port due to bad weather and port congestion.
Mr Hammond toured DP World London Gateway, which opened its second of six berths in May and learnt about two large distribution centre buildings, the Common User Facility and the Prologis development, that are about to start construction in the London Gateway Logistics Park.
The Minister, who has responsibility for shipping, ports and rail greeted some of the 400 team members now working across a number of departments including terminal operatives, health and safety, engineering apprentices, IT, planners and administrators, to congratulate them on their hard work that has led to the successful launch of the UK’s first major port in 30 years.
Stephen Hammond MP, said: “DP World London Gateway is an important piece of national infrastructure connecting the UK to international markets, with deep-sea, rail and road connectivity”.
“I want to congratulate the DP World London Gateway team for their remarkable success in taking a brownfield site and turning it into a world-class state of the art deep-sea container terminal and logistics park.”
Simon Moore DP World London Gateway CEO said: “We are delighted to have Mr Hammond visit the team today and will continue to work with Government to ensure DP World London Gateway continues to be a world-class asset for the UK.”
About London Gateway
Opened Q4 2013, DP World London Gateway is the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway provides unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK. The port’s location, with its superior operational systems and service, ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.
About DP World
DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents (1), including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East.
Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2013, DP World handled 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units). With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
DP World has a dedicated, experienced and professional team of 28, 000 people serving its customers around the world, and the company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.
(1) As of February 2014.