Friday, May 14, 2021

Another Gain for Deep Water Port as Container Specialist Continues to Expand

Third Phase of Planned Development Under Way
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UK – Last month saw container specialist Pentalver commence work on Phase 3 of its terminal development at Berth 7, DP World London Gateway, promoted as the largest automated and fastest growing deep-sea container port in the UK.

Pentalver, these days a subsidiary of US railroad group Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), first began operating on the site in 2014, shortly after the port opened in November 2013. Since then G&W has invested in further expansion in the port in 2015 and again in 2018, with the current nine-acre site handling in excess of 100,000 containers per annum and with a current capacity of 4,000 TEU.

Phase 3 of the development, which is planned to be completed in Q4 2021, will see the operation expand to 14 acres, increasing both maintenance and repair and reefer operations whilst increasing the overall site capacity to 7,400 TEU, enabling additional storage for customers.

In addition, the terminal will become a 24-hour operation, providing access to return and collect both empty and laden containers to feed the vital haulier links that keep the nation's trade flowing. Chris Lawrenson, G&W Managing Director of UK Terminal Services, commented:

”We are proud of our long-standing collaborative relationship with DP World at London Gateway, and I am delighted that, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to invest in the further expansion of our container terminal.

“The further enhancements to our Pentalver terminal will ensure that we continue to provide a first-class, competitive service to our customers across a range of product offerings including loaded and empty container storage, reefer and dry container maintenance and repair, transport and cargo handling.”

The development continues a run of success for the DP World owned port which will now form part of the Thames Freeport consortium. Earlier this month online furniture retailer MADE.COM announced it was to expand its facilities in the adjacent logistics park by an additional 350,000 square feet. Spesking of the Pentalver investment Ernst Schulze, CEO of DP World in the UK, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Pentalver and are committed to keeping DP World in the UK at the heart of Britain’s trading future, providing the right trading infrastructure and smart logistical solutions for our customers.

”By deciding to further expand their facilities, Pentalver is taking advantage of the significant amount of land we currently have available for development at London Gateway, which is the UK’s most technologically advanced and fastest growing container port, and benefit from its fast, reliable and flexible links to international supply chains and markets.”