DP World's London Gateway welcomes first vessel
London Gateway, the new port operated by DP World, has marked its opening with the docking of its first scheduled ship, the MOL Caledon.
The new port is capable of handling ultra large container ships which can carry over 18,000 shipping containers.
The port is now operating with its first berth open. When fully developed, London Gateway will operate six berths, with a total of 24 quay cranes and will be able to handle 3.5 million TEU a year.
DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem says the new port is different from other ports in the United Kingdom.
“This is the first port to be built in the UK in a generation and so there is nothing else like this in the country. From today, shipping lines can now bring the world’s largest ships closer to key UK markets and reduce the costs of transport,” Bin Sulayem said.
The MOL Caledon, the first ship to dock at London Gateway, is part of the South African Europe Container Service (SAECS) which is made up of a consortium of shipping lines including MOL, Maersk, DAL and Safmarine.
Junichiro Ikeda, chairman of MOL Line says he believes the new port through its modern facilities and convenient links to the business community, will provide the perfect platform to continue the efficient and reliable services MOL is committed to offering its UK customers.
“The conditions at London Gateway, like draft and tides also gives us the opportunity to grow further through the introduction of bigger ships and a further expansion of our network. It’s a promising new port for a great country,” Ikeda said.