Second berth opening signals start of new shipping services for London Gateway


DP World London Gateway has announced a host of new shipping services following the opening of its second container berth this month.

Five new shipping routes to North America, South America’s East & West Coast, the Middle East, and Europe will commence in the coming weeks, as will new rail, road and container services.

The G6, one of the world’s largest shipping alliances, will start a new service at DP World London Gateway on Friday, and the arrival of APL’s ‘Margrit Rickmers’ will signal the start-up of the PA2 (Pacific Atlantic) service.

The New World Alliance (APL, HMM, and MOL), which previously operated a similar service to the PA2 calling at Felixstowe Port, will also now call at DP World London Gateway as part of the G6 Alliance (APL, HMM, MOL, Hapag Lloyd, NYK, & OOCL).

“We are very pleased to be welcoming the G6 to DP World London Gateway. It’s another milestone for the team,” said DP World London Gateway’s commercial director, Peter Ward.

“We are focused on delivering the best possible service for cargo owners and shippers and our connections are growing fast”.

Hamburg Sud and Hapag Lloyd services to South America and the Middle East have also recently started.

Furthermore, DP World London Gateway has also signed a deal with X-Press Feeders Ltd, a weekly service linking London Gateway directly with Dublin and Rotterdam. 

New services connecting DP World London Gateway to inland rail destinations were also recently announced. Freightliner and DB Schenker are now providing daily services to inland rail destinations. DB Schenker is serving Manchester, Daventry, Wakefield and South Wales from London Gateway. Freightliner is now serving Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

Maritime Transport, the UK’s largest privately owned container transport operator, has also announced a deal to set up a depot at London Gateway, while Pentalver, a leading inland container service operator, recently opened a new container facility at DP World London Gateway, with empty storage, dry repair and reefer services all provided at the new facility.

The new services follow the recent announcement that Prologis, the world’s largest property developer and investment firm, will develop a major distribution centre at London Gateway Logistics Park.

The facility, spanning over 316,000 square feet, will be built with port, road and rail connectivity and is expected to be completed by spring 2015.

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