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SAECS to be first London Gateway customer

[ August 5, 2013   //   ]

The first line serving London Gateway port has been announced, ending months of speculation over the identify of the first customer for the new DP World-owned port. Europe/South Africa operators the SAECS group of lines – Maersk, MOL and DAL – announced on 5 August that they would switch their UK call from Tilbury’s London Container Terminal to London Gateway, with the first vessel planned to call at London Gateway in week 45 (early November).

In a statement on their website, member line DAL said: “The SAECS members are proud to be a front runner in this port development in the UK. With this change of terminal the lines aim to secure not only benefits for their clients through the new infrastructure (such as improved rail connections) and access to UK markets, but also operational advantages which will assist the lines in maintaining schedule integrity and reliability.”

The SAECS lines operate a weekly service using eight ships of around 3,700teu. Other ports served in Europe are Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Las Palmas. In South Africa, they serve Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban.


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