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Record first half for DP World UK

[ July 28, 2021   //   ]

DP World says its two UK ports handled a record volume of cargo in the first half of 2021, thanks to its investment in capacity to meet demand.

Between January and June this year, London Gateway saw throughput of 888,000teu. An increaser of over 23% on the previous first-half record set in 2020. At DP World Southampton, throughput in the first six months of the year was 995,000teu, the second best first half ever, which contributed to a record combined UK total of 1,883,000teu.

The performance was driven by the arrival of five new major international shipping services at the two terminals in addition to strong throughput from existing customers

Chief executive of DP World in the UK, Ernst Schulze, said: “These record H1 numbers for our UK business show that we have the capacity and capability to continue delivering first class services for all existing customers whilst also expanding customer choice by handling new sailings.

“We have invested in additional capacity and recruited more employees at London Gateway and earlier this year announced a £40m programme of investment at Southampton, designed to provide customers with speed, security, reliability and flexibility. In addition, London Gateway and Southampton this year became the first deep-water ports in Britain capable of handling Freightliner’s new 775 metre intermodal container trains, which are the longest in use on the national rail network and generate significant cost and environmental benefits.”

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