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Thursday, 15 May 2014

G6 starts transatlantic service at London Gateway in big win for DP World

London Gateway has opened its second berth London Gateway has opened its second berth DP World

The G6 alliance will start tomorrow a transatlantic service at DP World London Gateway, which has doubled its capacity with the recent opening of a second berth.

The start of the PA2 marks a victory for the new deep-water port which opened last November, as a similar service used to call at Felixstowe, UK’s largest container facility, which is operated by Hutchison Ports (UK).

APL’s  Margrit Rickmers is expected this Friday at London Gateway, on the banks of the river Thames. It is deployed on the PA2 service linking Europe and North America. The New World Alliance (APL, HMM, and MOL) used to operate a similar service which called at Felixstowe; through the G6 Alliance (APL, HMM, MOL, Hapag Lloyd, NYK, & OOCL) however the service will now call at London Gateway.

“We are very pleased to be welcoming the G6 to DP World London Gateway. It’s another milestone for the team,” said Peter Ward, commercial director, DP World London Gateway. “Our connections are growing fast.”

Other lines recently started services at the DP World port in Stanford-le-Hope (Essex).

Hamburg Sud’s Santa Rosa called at London Gateway on May 2nd, starting the SAEC1 service between Northern Europe and the east coast of South America. On May 5th, Hapag Lloyd’s Dublin Express called, starting the SAWC1 service to the west coast of South America. And the following day, Hagag Lloyd’s Tabea started the EPIC service linking the Indian subcontinent with Europe.

All three services used to call at Tilbury, a container facility operated by Forth Ports and located just 10 miles upriver from London Gateway.  

DP World also reports that it has signed a deal with X-Press Feeders, establishing a weekly service linking London Gateway directly with Dublin and Rotterdam. The first call was last Sunday.

“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,” said Tabare Dominguez, port commercial manager.

The five new services are launched as London Gateway opened its second berth earlier this month.

The port is also offering additional rail destinations, with DB Schenker now serving Manchester, Daventry, Wakefield and South Wales, and Freightliner serving Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

What is more, a container transport operator, Maritime Transport, has announced a deal to set up a depot at the port. And service provider Pentalver recently opened a container facility at London Gateway, providing empty storage, dry repair and reefer services.

These come on top of the Prologis logistics hub, for which ground works are already underway.

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