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FREIGHT BUSINESS JOURNAL ISSUE 8 2013 www.fj-online.com


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The new London Gateway port has the potential to turn east London into another Jebel Ali, DP World group chief executive officer Mohammed Sharaf said as he opened the world’s newest and most advanced port on 7 November. “If we dare to dream, in 2055 London Gateway could be a major logistics hub for Europe and the wider region,” he told guests at a ceremony to mark the arrival of the first ship, the 4,922teu MOL Caledon, operating on the SAECS Europe/South Africa service. Like the Dubai super-hub, London Gateway was able to handle


the largest containerships afloat and, moreover, it was adjacent to a major logistics park and had state of the art technology. On a tour of the new facility, a port spokesman also revealed


that the common user incubator unit at the logistics hub was already oversubscribed by two or three times. London Gateway is arguably the first purpose-built area for the logistics industry to be built in the UK, and certainly the first in London since the


heyday of the old Port of London in the 1950s. So far, Marks & Spencer is the only company to commit to taking a large shed at the site. In an interview, DP World chief executive officer Simon


Moore said that the incubator unit “gives people the chance to try out the facilities without having to put capital expenditure in first.” He would not be drawn on whether a second or even a third common user facility would be built, saying: “We will concentrate on the first 380,000sq ſt unit built and working first, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t look at it again.” He also downplayed media suggestions that DP World


had been hoping for a major east-west Asia/Europe operator or alliance as its first client rather than a smaller north-south trade like SAECS. “We have got to recognise that we are in our infancy. We are a one-berth operation, able only to handle one ship at a time, and we wanted to ensure that we didn’t bite off more than we could chew.” While the port is open, major infrastructure like roads are still under construction – on the day of opening, part of the port’s main access was a single lane controlled by temporary traffic lights. But the port would be in a position to challenge for a major operation once the second berth opened in about April 2014. A third berth is expected to open 12 months aſter that. Mr Moore also pointed out that with SAECS now switching


its Iberian call from Las Palmas to Maersk’s Mediterranean hub port of Algeciras, it was already possible to send containers from the Far East to London Gateway with a single transhipment. (Now the hard work begins P.2)


MacAndrews completes Thamesport move


The reshuffle of container services in the London area continues, with CMA CGM shortsea subsidiary MacAndrews moving its last remaining service from Tilbury to London Thamesport. MacAndrews’ three other services moved from Tilbury to Thamesport inSpring 2013. The 750 TEU Canopus J operating on the Bilbao-UK service


made its first scheduled call at Thamesport on 10 November. Thamesport, owned by Hutchinson-Whampoa, which


also owns Felixstowe and Harwich, originally developed as an alternative deepsea port for the South-east, now concentrates exclusively on short-sea trade.


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