Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Deep Water Port Logistics Park Gets New Temperature Controlled Facility for Container Shipping Line

State of the Art London Gateway Warehouse to Handle Reefer Trade and More
Shipping News Feature
UK – The commitment which French container line CMA CGM made back in February to take a long term lease, via its international freight forwarding and logistics solutions subsidiary, on a brand new state of the art, multi-temperature warehouse at DP World's deep water port London Gateway on the banks of the River Thames, has seen work commence with a ground breaking ceremony last week.

The logistics park which the UAE owned group is developing adjacent to the quays will see the new tenant move into the warehouse which is sited on a 2.5-hectare plot. Readie Construction has been appointed to carry out the building works and DP World London Gateway will project manage the base-build, which will be completed by April 2019. Upon completion, the CMA CGM Group will take occupancy and fit-out the building.

The French company says it will complete the building with best-in-class technology, IT traceability and management systems and alongside chilled and frozen chambers to handle a large variety of temperature-controlled products, the cold store will allow CMA CGM to offer its customers a wide range of added-value logistics services, in addition to CMA CGM’s normal sea-freight offering. This is a continuation of the CMA CGM Group’s strategy to develop a global range of products beyond box shipping.

CMA CGM claims the title of second largest carrier of reefer containers with a fleet of 385,000 TEUs and 288,000 reefer plugs and already has seven of its international services routed through the Essex port. This includes large numbers of refrigerated containers arriving from the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, India and South America. Eric Legros, CMA CGM Vice President Specialised Products and Value-Added Services, commented:

“We’re very pleased to see work start on this important development for the CMA CGM Group. We’re excited about seeing the building rise from the ground over the coming months, and, once it is completed, to work with our customers and with DP World to deliver a unique range of value added services and make sure their goods receive the best care all along their journey.

“We are very much reaffirming our commitment to our customers by placing their needs at the centre of the Group’s development as part of Rodolphe Saadé’s Customer Centricity strategy. It is clear that there is a need to deliver quality services that are sustainable and increase the speed at which products reach their destination. Drawing on the expertise that the CMA CGM Group has developed over the course of the past 40 years, we will be able to deliver on those needs through this exciting new venture.”

So it seems the DP mantra of ‘Ship Faster, Ship Closer’ is starting to pay off as more companies vie for the fastest deliveries and lowest road haulage costs from ship to customer in the busiest geographical sector of the UK. Fresh produce imports and exports have seen 1,800 reefer plugs installed at the docks plus a weather-resilient, automated container stacking system, custom-built inspection facilities and a service for shunting containers between the port and the neighbouring Logistics Park. Chris Lewis, UK Chief Executive Officer, DP World, observed:

“DP World London Gateway’s combination of a reliable, efficient port, with international rail terminal and Authorised Economic Operator status, all plugged into a network which links more than 100 ports in 60 countries, on the same site as a flexible, scalable Logistics Park, enables logistics providers to bring different parts of the supply chain into one location, a location which sits just 25 miles from Central London, the largest consumer market in Western Europe.

“And that is exactly what the CMA CGM Group is doing here now. This development on the Logistics Park is complementary to the rapid growth of the port which celebrates its fifth anniversary in the coming weeks. As terminal operations continue to gather momentum and grow fast, it is pleasing to see forward-thinking logistics companies moving now to capitalise on the opportunities which exist here.

“Over the course of the next few months, we will see another two-and-a-half hectares of the Logistics Park transformed into the CMA CGM Group’s temperature-controlled warehouse and logistics services facility, an offering that will significantly increase supply chain efficiencies and add value.”

Photo: From left to right, Jean Vanmalle, Head of Supply Chain, CMA CGM; Eric Lagros; Paul Stephens, Managing Director, Readie Construction and Chris Lewis.