UAE port firm to build third deep-sea berth in UK

Dubai-headquartered terminal operator, DP World, has announced plans to build a third deep-sea berth at its London Gateway port in the United Kingdom

Patrick McLoughlin MP (right) poses with DP World officials at the London Gateway site.
Patrick McLoughlin MP (right) poses with DP World officials at the London Gateway site.

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DP World has revealed plans to build a third deep-sea berth at London Gateway.

The expansion, which was announced by the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, will increase deep-sea access for ships using the port.

Contracts for civil and electrical works at berth build have been awarded to Volker Fitzpatrick, and four additional quay cranes have been ordered from ZPMC.

“The continued expansion of London Gateway port proves Britain is a country where companies want to invest,” said McLoughlin during the announcement.

“The new third berth will create hundreds of jobs and is a signal that the UK maritime sector is continuing to grow. The maritime sector directly contributes to £14bn ($21.52bn) to our economy every year, and supports more than a million jobs.

“Having visited the port today, I have seen for myself what a fantastic piece of infrastructure it is and the opportunity that exists for even further growth and expansion at this site. Putting in place the right foundation to allow businesses like DP World to prosper in the UK is part of the government’s long-term economic plan,” he added.

DP World’s London Gateway is located 40km away from the UK capital, and has 16m consumers within an 80km radius. The terminal operator contends that the additional capacity will help bring ships closer to key areas of consumption, such as London, Birmingham, and Manchester.

“Since opening, DP World London Gateway has continued to attract more shipping line services and we remain committed to increasing speed and efficiency in supply chains,” said Jamal Majid Bin-Thaniah, the company’s vice chairman.

Simon Moore, DP World’s chief executive officer, added: “As the port continues to win new business, we are now announcing berth three in line with our customers’ needs, and we are delighted the Transport Secretary was able to visit the port and see for himself the facilities and the infrastructure we have created to reduce supply chain costs.”

London Gateway’s third berth will open up an extra 400m of quay length, with a dredged depth of 17m alongside. The additional capacity is scheduled to become operational during the second half of 2016.

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