Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Logistics Facility at Deep Water Container Port Gets Another Customer

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UK – Another gain this week for DP World's London Gateway freight and logistics hub with the announcement that the family run Swain Group is to utilise a 2.25 acre distribution facility at the deep water port site.

The news comes as the port builds toward the Freeport status it has been awarded in partnership with the Port of Tilbury and Ford’s Dagenham plant. The Swain road transport operation was founded in 1918 and has grown to become one of the largest family-owned road transport operators in Britain.

The two have history as Swain played a key supporting role in the development of London Gateway, with its heavy haulage division delivering machinery for the building of the port ten years ago. Now, under the three year deal, Swain Group will use the quayside site for the temporary storage of imported construction materials such as stone and ‘next generation’ offsite manufacturing destined to construct buildings, before their onward distribution to the end customer by lorry.

The agreement illustrates once again the benefit of having the Logistics Park in the hinterland of the port. In this case the location, just 200 yards from London Gateway’s berth 7, will deliver significant cost and time savings. Matthew Deer, Managing Director at Swain Group, said:

“We handle over 100,000 tonnes of building materials a year on ships arriving at London Gateway and expect this figure to continue to grow as construction in London and the South East picks up following the pandemic.

”On arrival at the berth DP World will shunt inbound containers to our facility, where our team will unpack the stone product, temporarily store it where necessary, and then assemble outbound orders for transport via our own fleet to destinations across Britain such as garden centres and builders’ merchants. This integration of the supply chain will generate cost and time efficiencies both for us and our customers.”

Ernst Schulze, Chief Executive of DP World in the UK said he was delighted that Swain had chosen to strengthen further their longstanding relationship with London Gateway and urged other companies looking to expand to explore the advantages offered by the facilities and the new Freeport.