SAECS to switch Tilbury call from November
SAECS (Southern Africa Europe Container Service) has been named as the first shipping line that will call DP World London Gateway when it opens for business in the final quarter of the year.
From November, SAECS, a consortium comprising of Safmarine, Maersk Line, MOL and Deutsche Afrika Linien (DAL), will switch its call from Forth Port’s container facility in Tilbury to the Dubai-based company’s new box terminal, according to Port Finance International (PFI).
“With this change of terminal the lines aim to secure not only benefits for the clients through the improved infrastructure, but also operational advantages such as enhanced schedule integrity and reliability, while enabling the clients to further streamline their supply chains,” Maersk Line, on behalf of its fellow SAECS members, told PFI.
The first SAECS is scheduled to call at DP World’s new container hub on the 7th November.
In June, DP World announced that it secured its first customer for London Gateway – multinational retailer Marks & Spencer. The UK-based firm is planning a £200 million distribution centre at London Gateway’s logistics park. The facility, covering an area of 900,000 square feet, will be used to store clothing, home and gift products before they are transported to the company’s stores in both the UK and overseas.
Commercial operations at London Gateway will commence with the opening of its first berth in November. Its second berth will welcome its first vessel during the second quarter of next year and its third six months later as part of the terminal’s first phase of development. The second phase, involving the opening of berths 4, 5 and 6, will be assessed upon market demand.
When completed, DP World London Gateway will boast an annual capacity of 3.5 million TEU.