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London Gateway to press on with berth number three

[ February 10, 2015   //   ]

DP World has confirmed that its new London Gateway will move forward with a third berth. It will add a further 400 metres of quay length with a dredged depth of 17 meters alongside, capable of handling the largest container ships afloat.

Contracts have been awarded to VolkerFitzpatrick for civil and electrical works and four new quay cranes have been ordered from ZPMC. The third berth is planned to be operational in the second half of 2016.

The announcement came during a visit on 10 February by Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin (pictured). He said: “The continued expansion of London Gateway Port proves Britain is a country where companies want to invest. The new third berth announced today will create many new jobs and is a signal that the UK maritime sector is continuing to grow. Having visited the port I have seen for myself what a fantastic piece of infrastructure it is and the opportunity that exists for even further growth and expansion at this site.”

DP World London Gateway engineering director, Andrew Bowen, added:Last week we saw our busiest day since operations began with both our existing berths simultaneously handling ultra-large container vessels, the Maersk Edinburgh and Hamburg Süd’s Cap San class, with strong performance ship-side and landside.”