DP World’s London Gateway gets first ever direct UK-New Zealand service
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The only direct deep-sea service between New Zealand and the UK has been announced for DP World’s London Gateway port on the doorstep of the Greater London area.
The Panama Direct Line (PAD) service – also known as North Atlantic South Pacific – will be jointly operated by CMA-CGM and Marfret.
The first ship call of the new service was made this week.
It follows the start of the North Europe French Guiana (NEFGUI) service – also referred to as South America Service – into DP World London Gateway on Saturday 16 September.
The two new services mean there are now 17 weekly services calling into London Gateway.
The PAD service also gives shippers moving produce between northern Europe, the US east coast, the west coast of South America and Australia additional services, London Gateway said.
The service will become the only direct link between the UK and New Zealand, with New Zealand lamb one of the major commodities transported on the route.
CMA-CGM’s AS Carelia will be the first vessel operating on the service rotation to call at DP World London Gateway.
“These new services into DP World London Gateway strengthen the port’s offering in a number of ways. First and foremost, it shows a strengthening in our partnership with CMA CGM. It also strengthens our customer portfolio, with Marfret and Seatrade becoming valuable new port customers,” said head of port commercial, James Leeson.
“Furthermore, it strengthens DP World London Gateway’s global network, with access to even more countries and ports.”