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Berth two opens at London Gateway

[ May 15, 2014   //   ]

DP World’s London Gateway port has opened its second berth, heralding a major expansion of services at the UK’s newest deepsea gateway. Effectively doubling capacity, the new berth will allow five new shipping routes to North America, South America east and west coast, the Middle East, and Europe are starting. The include the G6 (APL, HMM, MOL, Hapag Lloyd, NYK, & OOCL) alliance’s PA2 transatlantic service which starts on 16 May with the arrival of APL’s Margrit Rickmers , replacing the New World Alliance (APL, HMM, and MOL) transatlantic service which called at Felixstowe.

Hamburg Sud and Hapag Lloyd services to South America and the Middle East have also recently started. On 2 May, London Gateway received the ‘Santa Rosa’ to start the SAEC1 Service (South America East Coast) and, on 5 May, Hapag Lloyd’s ‘Dublin Express’ called to commence the SAWC1 service (South America West Coast). On the following day, Hapag Lloyd’s ‘Tabea’ called, starting up the EPIC service (Europe Pakistan India Consortium and also known as Hapag Lloyd Indian Ocean Service).

DP World London Gateway has meanwhile signed a deal with X-Press Feeders for a weekly service linking London Gateway directly with Dublin and Rotterdam, with the first call on 11 May. Tabare Dominguez, port commercial manager, DP World London Gateway, said: “It’s an important step forward to continue increasing the geographical coverage of London Gateway, in this case to connect DP World London Gateway directly with the Irish market.”
Freightliner and DB Schenker are now providing daily services to more inland rail destinations – DB Schenker to Manchester, Daventry, Wakefield and South Wales while Freightliner is now serving Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

Container haulier Maritime Transport has announced a deal to set up a depot at London Gateway. Container service operator Pentalveralso nrecently opened a new containerto provide rempty storage, dry repair and reefer services.