Thursday, May 11, 2017

DP World Freight Terminal to Welcome Biggest Container Ship to Ever Dock in UK

New Services at Southampton and London Gateway Take Off
Shipping News Feature
UK – This weekend, DP World's UK two major freight terminals will welcome the first services from the Far East following a global shake-up of the world's shipping lines. Inaugural calls of Asia/Europe services by THE Alliance, a shipping consortium made up of Mitsui O.S.K Line, Yang Ming, NYK, K-Line and Hapag Lloyd/UASC, will see the largest vessel to ever call at a UK port berth at DP World Southampton this Thursday, May 11.

The 20,170 TEU capacity MOL Triumph is the first of a new breed of ultra large container vessels to enter service this year. This will be the 400 metre long, 59 metre wide vessel's first call at a UK port and its first call into Northern Europe. DP World Southampton is the only UK port to be handling vessels on services operated by the three major consortia of 2M, Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance. All three consortia have started taking delivery of new ultra-large container ships in 2017, each capable of handling more than 20,000 TEU containers.

Meanwhle DP World London Gateway will see the first ever weekly Far East service arrive in the capital when the NYK Lloyd Don Pascuale, berths on Saturday, May 13, heralding the official start of two weekly Asia-Europe service calls. The vessel’s arrival comes just over a month after the port's state-of-the-art third berth opened to handle an increase in cargo brought about by THE Alliance's Asia-Europe and transatlantic services.

Since THE Alliance announced that it would be using DP World for all of its UK port calls, interest in the unique opportunities at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park has spiked. Chris Lewis, UK Managing Director, DP World, said:

“Welcoming MOL Triumph at Southampton and opening a third berth at London Gateway, as two Far East services begin calling, are significant and proud occasions for DP World in the UK. It is an honour to be hosting one of the world’s largest container ships as it arrives in Northern Europe for the first time. And the start of Asia-Europe calls at London Gateway means the River Thames is, once again, a truly international port and shipping hub.

“Our UK ports offer greater choice for shippers. This is a unique provision; a two-port strategy and Logistics Park, capable of facilitating faster, more reliable supply chains, with enhanced visibility and wherever possible, an ability to offer bespoke solutions to any supply chain challenge. Our customers and their customers can be assured that we will continue to work tirelessly to deliver the very best service for vessels of all sizes, operating on all trade routes - and to help make supply chains as efficient as possible.”