Friday, November 23, 2012

New Container Port Will Tempt Shipping Groups with its Road and Rail Freight Multimodal Links

London Gateway Gears Up to Prove its Supremacy over Coastal Rivals
Shipping News Feature

UK – A statement released this week by a leading multimodal freight transport, container storage and handling company may send a slight shiver down the backs of port executives North and South of the Thames as the company concerned confidently predicts that its new services via Britain’s latest port at London Gateway will reduce road and rail haulage miles for thousands of shippers when it opens in Q4 2013, saving fuel and emissions for importers and exporters throughout the UK. With the new deepwater access to a point adjacent to the M25 shipping companies will doubtless be negotiating hard for their chance to exploit the geographical advantages of a terminal so close to London.

Roadways Container Logistics will provide rail terminals to train operators serving London Gateway Port and the Logistics Park, which offers over nine million square feet of distribution and warehousing space and currently operates a range of port operation, storage, and road and rail haulage services across the UK. The multimodal specialist says that its two existing rail terminals, the Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT) and the Manchester Container Terminal (MCT), are a key factor in the development of services with Managing Director, Nick Matthews, commenting:

“Roadways will be running services from day one of operations for shippers choosing London Gateway and we want to show the industry that we are ahead of the game and acting now to capture that market. We’ve been leading the way in innovation and we see the future of logistics and shipping in the UK is at London Gateway.

“The supply chain only needs to look at a map on the internet to see the location benefits that London Gateway offers shippers who are moving boxes to and from deep-sea ports. Britain’s new gateway port is closer to Birmingham, Daventry and Manchester than other ports in the UK that can handle the world’s largest ships, so this can only be a good thing for supply chain managers who are looking to reduce road miles and improve their carbon impact.”

The new port, located on the north bank of the Thames in Thurrock, Essex, has received a reassuring boost from one of the most respected analysts in the industry as Charles Meaby, Commercial Director for port owners DP World London Gateway points out:

“Drewry, a respected independent maritime consultancy, indicates shippers will be able to reduce round-trip transport costs by £59 pounds per container to the Midlands and the North-West by choosing London Gateway, which is where some 30% of UK deep-sea volumes are destined. Drewry also indicates that for the London and the South-East, which is also over 30% of the UK deep-sea market, savings of up to £189 per container can be made from choosing to ship to London Gateway. This is exactly what we mean by ship closer, save money.

“The location advantage of London Gateway is now well understood in the transport industry. Being able to ship closer to Birmingham, Manchester and London means less cost for supply chains, less truck miles and fewer emissions, we are delighted that Roadways Container Logistics, a major transportation company, is committed to serving the UK’s new port and logistics park. This is another great piece of news for the industry. We are now talking to more and more companies who will be shipping to London Gateway and to those providing world class services to the port.”

Photo: Development of facilities proceeding at London Gateway.