Thursday, March 14, 2013

London Deepwater Container Shipping Port Offers Job Opportunities

Minister Witnesses Scope of New Development
Shipping News Feature

UK – With the countdown to the opening of the capital’s new deepwater shipping port at London Gateway now ticking away not a week goes by without some worthwhile news emanating from the site. The giant cranes we took the first pictures of as they entered the mouth of the Thames at the start of this month now sit astride the first of the container berths and the search for staff to man the site prior to the proposed opening in the last part of 2014 is well and truly on with a tranche of jobs being advertised on a dedicated website.

DP World management estimates it will create up to 12,000 direct jobs when the entire project comes to fruition although that doubtless includes an estimate for the proposed logistics park which will take some time to fully develop. Nevertheless, staff proficient in logistics, engineering and IT as well as for the ongoing construction works, are being actively sought and the company intends to make training a priority to ensure a successful commencement of business.

Meanwhile VIP’s continue to flock to see the port’s progress and the latest political figure to drop by was Department for Communities and Local Government Minister, Brandon Lewis MP who took the opportunity to see for himself the scale of the whole development and witness the 138 metre high quay cranes being moved into position for commissioning and testing. Mr Lewis was warmly welcomed by London Gateway CEO Simon Moore, who said:

“We are delighted Mr Lewis has been able to come down and see the speed with which London Gateway is developing. I was proud to discuss with him how it will create vital jobs for the local community, help British business save money and contribute £3.2 billion to the British economy every year. We have worked with the Government throughout the planning and building process, and we look forward to continuing that relationship.”

The Minister was clearly impressed by the scope of the scheme and after moving around the site commented:

“It has been great to visit London Gateway and see first-hand the sheer size of this piece of infrastructure investment and to hear more about how it is helping to boost the UK economy. This project is a great example of how business, the Government and local communities can work together to successfully bring a complex project to fruition, through maintaining a strong dialogue right from the planning stages through to completion.”

Photo: Left, Simon Moore, London Gateway CEO and Brandon Lewis MP, Department for Communities and Local Government Minister, view London Gateway’s massive quay cranes and developments at the UK’s new national hub port.