Tuesday, August 6, 2013

First Shipping Service to Use London Gateway Deep Sea Container Port Signs Up

Multi Line South African Consortium to Call in Thames
Shipping News Feature

UK – SOUTH AFRICA – London Gateway, the UK’s newest deep sea container port which is still under construction on the north bank of the River Thames, has announced that the Southern Africa Europe Container Service consortium (SAECS) has signed up as the first ocean carrier which will use the facilities when freight movements commence in Q4 this year. SAECS is a long established cooperation which, despite a change in membership over time, still consists of Deutsche Afrika-Linien (DAL), Maersk (together with subsidiary Safmarine) and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) working in cooperation.

Although the individual lines prefix the services with their own identification the basic port rotation is currently Bremerhaven, Tilbury, Rotterdam, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban and therefore presumably the lines will switch from the Tilbury call to DP World’s new UK flagship port. London Gateway issued a statement confirming the move, saying:

"London Gateway welcomes the SAECS service decision to choose London Gateway port from November 2013."

Photo: Boris Johnson appears tiny as he peers from the platform of a quay crane during his recent visit to the port.