The Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP

DP World London Gateway welcomes Transport Secretary as it announces plans for third deep-sea berth

The Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP, had a bird’s eye view of the Berth Three site during his visit to DP World London Gateway

The UK’s newest deep-sea hub port, DP World London Gateway, has unveiled plans to build a third berth.  The announcement coincided with a visit by Patrick McLoughlin MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, and other local MPs.

While at the port the Transport Minister climbed one of the world’s tallest quay cranes to view the location of the new berth which will increase deep-sea access for ships carrying goods in and out of the UK.  He was also able to see the scale of the port as well as the adjacent London Gateway Logistics Park.

The Berth Three announcement will enable the use of an additional 400 metres of quay length with a dredged depth of 17 metres alongside.  The port can handle the largest container ships and has developed innovative technology to ensure the port remains open in bad weather.

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

During his visit Mr McLoughlin 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.  The maritime sector directly contributes £14 billion to our economy every year and supports more than a million jobs.‎ 

“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.  Putting in place the right foundation to allow businesses like DP World to prosper in the UK is part of the government's long term economic plan.”

DP World London Gateway, CEO, Simon Moore, added: “As the port continues to win new business, we are now announcing Berth Three in-line with our customers’ needs and we are delighted the Transport Secretary was able to visit the port and see for himself the facilities and infrastructure we have created to reduce supply chain costs.

Recently DP World London Gateway recorded its busiest day since operations began with both of its existing berths simultaneously handling ultra-large container vessels.