Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Container Freight Alliance Hands All UK Calls to DP World Deep Water Terminals

Another Coup for London Gateway and Southampton Port Operators
Shipping News Feature
UK – 'The Alliance', the cooperation between container lines Hapag Lloyd, K Line, MOL, NYK Line and Yang Ming, has opted to make all of it's vessels port call at facilities operated by DP World. The newest deep water port on the River Thames, London Gateway, will receive FE3 and FE5 freight services which connect Asia with Europe and AL1 and AL2, the transatlantic routes whilst DP World Southampton will see FE1, FE2 and FE4 and AL3, AL4 and AL5 respectively.

The move represents a first for the growing traffic passing through London Gateway as these are the first regular Asia-Europe services to call there and doubtless other lines will be watching closely for any transfer of traffic by customers keen to see their cargo offload in the heart of the south east. The Thames side site is growing steadily with the development of the logistics park in the hinterland of the port and which, with nearly one million square metres of supply chain and distribution space, already has distribution facilities for retailers and logistics firms such as Lidl and UPS, which are already on site.

DP World says new distribution facilities at the Logistics Park are available for immediate occupation and planning consent for new development, including build-to-suit, because of the pre-approved Local Development Order which it says ensures planning consent can be granted within 28 days, the fastest possible in the UK. ‘THE Alliance’ is expected to deploy 21,000 TEU vessels on its services when MOL’s new builds come into service this year which will see DP World in the UK handling the largest ships in the world.

The new routes available from London Gateway have triggered a separate announcement by DP World that it will formally open its third berth for full operations at the end of March. This will mean the availability of additional capacity for shipping lines and cargo owners whilst the DP World Southampton container terminal will now be the only port to handle vessels operated by three of the major container shipping line consortia, ‘The Alliance’, ‘Ocean Alliance’ and the ‘2M’ alliance. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, CEO and Chairman, DP World, observed:

“This is a strong endorsement of UK industry. We are proud that ‘THE Alliance’ has chosen to make all of its UK calls at DP World terminals from April and we strongly believe that DP World in the UK is best placed to offer the consortium and its customers the very best service.

“DP World is the only operator in the UK to provide two deep-water facilities. Both terminals can provide operational back up to each other and reduce the risk of delays to the supply chain - no other operator in the UK can do this.

“Never before has moving goods from A to B been so demanding. Retailers and manufacturers depend on swift, slick, efficient, reliable and highly complex supply chains. At DP World, we recognise that we are an integral part of that supply chain. In the UK, our customers now have the choice of two deep-water ports, operated by one company, providing them with multiple benefits to their UK supply chain.”

Chris Lewis, UK Managing Director, DP World and CEO, DP World London Gateway was clearly delighted at the result of protracted discussions to tempt the Asia – UK business, and commented:

“For three years, DP World London Gateway has been going from strength-to-strength, winning numerous North-South services, handling a large number of ad-hoc Asia-Europe vessels, increasing productivity and becoming more efficient. Meanwhile, DP World Southampton has consistently maintained its record as the UK’s best performing container terminal and increased its market share. DP World in the UK can and will make UK trade more efficient, more reliable and more secure.

“We are committed to providing all our customers, with the very best and highest standards of service, from reliability and security, to efficiency and safety. We are also looking forward to announcing the opening of Berth 3 at DP World London Gateway at the end of March, in time for ‘THE Alliance’s’ arrival. This third deep-water berth at the UK’s newest port, along with our three deep-water berths at DP World Southampton, offer more choice and more reliability for shippers.”