New UK deep sea capacity to increase coastal opportunities

10/10/11 3:02 PM

DP World have announced that London Gateway, the new global shipping port and logistics centre project on the banks of the Thames will open in the fourth quarter of 2013 with an initial capacity of 1.6 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units). This will be Britain’s first new deepwater port in at least 20 years. The port will accommodate the world’s biggest ships. It’s designed to win clients by combining a harbour terminal with an onsite distribution centre.

London Gateway would expand the U.K.’s capacity for ultra-large container ships and If completed as planned become Europe’s sixth biggest port, based on 2009 rankings.

In a separate development Felixstowe have opened their new expansion (berths 8 & 9) which also allows their ports to take the ultra-large vessels.

Maersk has ordered 20 such container ships this year that will carry 18,000 containers each to help meet increasing trade demand between Asia and Europe. The first of the vessels is expected to sail in 2013.

Freight by Water believes that these facilities, with the volume of containers (mostly destined for locations in the UK) and the other facilities these major ports have to offer will allow great opportunities for developing further coastal container services around the UK.

Freight by Water will work with London Gateway and others to see how we can best help develop such services. See londongateway.com for more details on what the new port will have to offer.

Neil Berry