A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has signed a lease for a 685,000 square feet (63,000 square metre) facility at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway.
Maersk will further expand its network of warehouses across the UK with the new lease, in addition to its warehouses in Doncaster, Tamworth, and in Kettering.
The newly built facility will be completed in June 2023 and is part of a 700-acre development by the UK based real estate company SEGRO.
The logistics park reportedly features the UK’s only inland freeport as well as a 50-acre Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI), providing it with direct rail links to the seaports of Felixstowe, London Gateway, and Southampton, according to Maersk.
This is anticipated to speed-up cargo flows while reducing on-road freight mileage and emissions from hinterland transport.
The warehouse itself is constructed to meet low or very low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for both embodied and operational emissions, Maersk reported.
It will incorporate a full roof mounted photovoltaic (PV) array and extensive use of recycled construction materials.
Provisions will also be made for the operation of a fully electric fleet of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) vehicles.
Maersk is looking to utilise a fleet of EV trucks that will manage not only all internal traffic between the rail terminal, the warehouse, and the depot, but also final deliveries of cargo in close proximity to the logistics park.
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“Not only is the [East Midlands Gateway campus] ideally positioned in the UK, but the vast infrastructure and cutting-edge technology across the site means operations on UK shores can be done from one place in the most sustainable way possible,” said Paul Woolass, Head of Logistics and Services Products UK & Ireland.
“It’s the epitome of two of Maersk’s key visions for the future: integrating logistics and reaching net-zero emissions by 2040.”
Maersk currently offers integrated logistics solutions in more than 550 warehouses with a total global space of around 9.5 million square metres.
This announcement comes on the same week that Sea Intelligence released data that showed that Maersk was the most reliable carrier among the top 14 in February 2023, with a reliability score of 64.9 per cent, followed closely by MSC with 64.4 per cent.