Record breaking ship:
- One of the world’s largest ships
- Four football pitches long
- Can carry over 15, 000 sea containers
- Time-lapse video and high-res photos available for viewing
20th October 2014
London Gateway, London: The largest ship ever to enter the Thames arrived at DP World London Gateway, the UK’s new deepwater container port. The 397-metre-long, 56-metre-wide Edith Maersk has a draught of 16 metres and carries up to 15, 500 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units). DP World London Gateway operates eight of the UK’s largest quay cranes; their air draft and overreach capabilities mean that the port is well-equipped to handle the world’s largest vessels of today and tomorrow.
“The arrival of the Edith Maersk is a historic moment, ” said CEO Simon Moore. “This is one of the world’s largest ships and the biggest ever to enter the Thames. Our high-tech facilities give us the capability to handle ships like Edith Maersk only 30 miles from the centre of London. By bringing the biggest ships in the world closer to UK consumers we are now reducing UK import and export costs. As we approach our first year of opening, we are delighted to see Edith Maersk at DP World London Gateway.”
The Edith Maersk is deployed on Maersk Line’s AE2 (Asia-Europe 2) service. The next stop is Singapore. Next month (November), DP World London Gateway will celebrate its first anniversary. Since the first scheduled ship call by the MOL Caledon marked the official opening on November 7th 2013, the port has welcomed a series of new shipping services and continued to develop new berths and facilities. It also provided a sheltered ‘haven’ during last winter’s storms, with a series of large containerships diverting to DP World London Gateway when other ports were forced to close, helping to keep the UK supplied with goods.
Over 10, 000 people have worked at DP World London Gateway since the project was given the go-ahead in 2008. The port has seen a string of firsts, including the first ever female Quay Crane driver to work in a UK container port.
About DP World 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.
DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents, including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe 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.