DP World London Gateway is to team up with Hireco, a truck and trailer company to provide facilities for hauliers using the port and logistics park with onsite ancillary services for their fleets; aiming to reduce both transport costs and hauliers’ impacts on the environment.
Further discussions are taking place in aim of developing three acres to offer chassis hire, vehicle engineering facilities, MOT testing services, parts sales and refrigeration engineering.
James Smith, Managing Director at Hireco, said: “This is the future of port-centric distribution – and the opportunity for Hireco to be based at DP World London Gateway is one we are keen to capitalise on.
“DP World London Gateway is 25 miles from Central London and within easy reach of a huge part of the UK’s population. The road networks are excellent and we certainly feel that even non-port users will eventually find their way to the area.
“The chassis leasing side of our business became operational on site from July, 2016 but for the future, Hireco is aiming to provide its customers with a complete ‘one-stop shop’.
“This will include tyre replacement and maintenance, fridge services, maintenance and repairs, truck and trailer hire and fast-moving replacement parts. Our aim is to keep users of the port moving, so maximising up-time will be key.”
Smith concludes: “Our clients won’t have to travel unnecessary mileage to keep their assets operational and legal. This will therefore be a huge cost saving and benefit for all port users.”
Andy Browning, Supply Chain Manager at DP World London Gateway, said: “It is hugely important that as volumes through DP World London Gateway [port] continue to increase and the development of DP World London Gateway Logistics Park progresses, we have high-quality ancillary services on offer for our port and park users and tenants.”
Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director at DP World London Gateway, said:
“UPS is progressing nicely on work to develop a 35,000m², state-of-the-art parcel sorting hub and we have assumed control of the DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre after an extremely successful first year of operations there.
“Coupled with a highly reliable, efficient and state of the art deep-sea port – which has an additional berth coming on stream later this year, the development of this world-class, integrated logistics hub in a premier location is really taking shape.”
Fact File: Opened in Q4, 2013, DP World London Gateway is the UK’s newest, major deep-sea container port adjacent to Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, DP World London Gateway provides deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK.