Global container shipping consortium ‘THE Alliance’ has announced that all of its mainline UK calls will be handled by DP World, creating a union that could become an invaluable safeguard in a turbulent industry climate.
THE Alliance consists of Hapag-Lloyd, K-Line, MOL, NYK Line and Yang Ming, and the alliance will bring services to DP World Southampton and DP World London Gateway, all of which link Asia and Europe.
Two of the services will be the first regular Asia-Europe services to call at DP World London Gateway, which means the port now offers the widest choice to shippers on North-South and East-West trade lanes.
The port is also integrated with DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, which provides nearly one million square metres of supply chain and distribution space for retailers and logistics firms, such as Lidl and UPS, who are already on site.
Confirmation from ‘THE Alliance’ that new Asia-Europe and transatlantic services are to begin calling at DP World London Gateway has triggered a separate announcement by DP World that it will also formally open its third berth for full operations at the end of March.
With Berth 3, DP World is aiming to ensure it provides a “world-class service to its global supply chain customers.”
DP World Southampton container terminal will be the only port to handle vessels operated by ‘The Alliance’, ‘Ocean Alliance’ and ‘2M’ alliance – the three major container shipping line consortia.