Thursday, August 17, 2017

Deep Water Container Port Sees More Development in Logistics Park

Work Commences on Phase Two of Pentalver Facility
Shipping News Feature
UK – Not exactly like London buses, but you wait all week for one DP World London Gateway story then two come along at once! Having just heard the announcement that Wincanton are to occupy a site on the logistics park in the hinterland of the River Thames deep water container port, so comes the news that Pentalver, the specialist group when it concerns anything to do with containers, has commenced work on Phase 2 of the its new facility at Berth 7.

Pentalver opened the first phase of the facility in 2015, following a successful interim operation in support of customers who commenced container operations at the new port. Phase 2 of the development will add 40% additional capacity to the Pentalver operation and highlights the commitment Pentalver has made to DP World London Gateway following the commercial success it has achieved since the port opened in November 2013. Chris Lawrenson, Managing Director of Pentalver said:

“I am pleased that work is starting on the second phase of this important expansion project which will significantly enhance our DP World London Gateway operation. Pentalver has been in constant dialogue with customers to identify their requirements and we will continue to develop our business to meet their needs at this integrated logistics facility.

“Pentalver has a great working relationship with DP World at London Gateway and Southampton and, as container service providers to common customers, it is imperative that container infrastructure is available to work alongside the state-of-the-art terminal facilities.

“I would also like to thank our parent company, Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) for supporting this investment project within 100 days of our acquisition, highlighting their commitment to growth in the UK container sector.”

Currently DP World’s new port is proceeding very much to plan as more services choose to operate to and from the sheltered location. The riverside site is much less prone to the vagaries of the British weather than the other main coastal sited deep water facilities and is also sited in the heart of the south east of England, the UK’s most populous region. Commenting on this latest development James Leeson, Head of Port Commercial at DP World London Gateway said:

“We are delighted to see Pentalver begin expansion of its container depot operation at DP World London Gateway, after a very successful first three-and-a-half years of service provision. The company has shown a commitment to build cutting-edge container facilities that complement our own state-of-the-art terminal operations and supply a range of services for our joint customers.

”These services will include loaded and empty storage, reefer and dry container maintenance and repair, transport and cargo handling. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with Pentalver as the port continues to grow.”