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CMA starts work on London Gateway multi-temp hub

[ October 12, 2018   //   ]

CMA CGM has started building work on its new multi-temperature warehouse at DP World London Gateway.

The shipping line’s vice president specialised products Eric Legros, and inland business development manager Jean Vanmalle joined DP World executives for a ground-breaking ceremony at the port’s Logistics Park.

CMA CGM has taken a long-term lease on the build-to-suit development, which it will occupy through its international freight forwarding and logistics solutions subsidiary. The warehouse is sited on a 2.5-hectare plot next to the port.

Readie Construction has been appointed to carry out the building works and DP World London Gateway will project manage the base-build, which will be completed by April 2019. It will offer best-in-class technology, IT traceability and management systems, represents a major milestone for the CMA CGM Group’s strategy to develop a global range of products.

This new and modern cold store will combine several types of work and expertise in a single place for a more efficient and reliable customer experience.

Alongside chilled and frozen chambers, the site will also offer product quality control, packing, sorting, labelling, palletisation and bagging. It will also offer customs clearance, and last-mile delivery.

The CMA CGM Group, the world’s second largest carrier of reefer containers, is currently using DP World London Gateway Port on seven services including the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, India and South America.

The port operates over 1,800 reefer points.

Eric Legros commented: “It is clear that there is a need to deliver quality services that are sustainable and increase the speed at which products reach their destination. Drawing on the expertise that the CMA CGM Group has developed over the course of the past 40 years, we will be able to deliver on those needs through this exciting new venture.”

DP World UK chief executive, Chris Lewis, added: “DP World London Gateway’s combination of a reliable, efficient port, with international rail terminal and Authorised Economic Operator status – all plugged into a network which links more than 100 ports in 60 countries – on the same site as a flexible, scalable Logistics Park, enables logistics providers to bring different parts of the supply chain into one location; a location which sits just 25 miles from Central London, the largest consumer market in Western Europe.”

CMA CGM earlier said it was considering increasing in its shareholding in logistics specialist Ceva to give the company more stability in which to to achieve its transformation.

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