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Another gain for London Gateway

[ November 11, 2014   //   ]

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is to switch its South Africa to UK/Northwest Europe service from Felixstowe to London Gateway from December. The first MSC vessel to call into DP World London Gateway on the new rotation will be the MSC Rita, which is due to arrive on 7 December.

The Europe/South Africa SAECS consortium was the first service to select London Gateway when it opened to regular traffic a year ago.

DP World London Gateway has also been chosen by Hamburg Süd as the UK call for a new service between North Europe and Mexico, Central America and Colombia. The first ship to call into DP World London Gateway on this weekly, fixed-day Europe-Mexico-Caribbean Service (EMCS) will be the Cap Beaufort is due to arrive in mid-November. The port rotation is Antwerp, London Gateway, Hamburg, Altamira, Veracruz, Puerto Limon, Cartagena, Marin, Antwerp.

DP World London Gateway port commercial manager, Tabare Dominguez, said: “The EMCS will carry a large quantity of fruit and fresh produce. At DP World London Gateway, importers can be confident of fast and efficient inspection procedures, and a rapid and reliable turnaround of trucks at the terminal.”

Chilean line CSAV has also confirmed a weekly call into the port as part of its reconfigured Europe-Middle East/India (IMEX) services, which will join the already established EPIC service at the new port. The IMEX Sling 1, starting in November, will be served by eight 5,500-6,500 TEU vessels, covering cover key ports in North Europe, the Red Sea, the Arabian Gulf, Pakistan and India West Coast.

DP World London Gateway Simon Moore added: “Shipping lines and shippers are increasingly recognising the benefits of using the UK’s new deep-water container port. DP World London Gateway continues to expand its network of services, adding to the choices for shippers looking to streamline their supply chains, cut their costs and reduce their carbon footprint.”

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