Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Container Shipping Port Unloads First Giant Vessel - A Bulk Carrier!

London's Latest Logistics Facility Ships In Its Own Gateway
Shipping News Feature

UK – London Gateway, DP World’s development of the new container port in the Thames Estuary, shipped in its own gateway this week with the arrival of 90,000 tonnes of aggregate to be used in the construction of its fully automated port gate complex. The shipping terminal, due to open later this year, saw the bulk cargo vessel Yeoman Bridge moored alongside one of the completed deep water berths to discharge the initial building materials for what will become a state of the art entry and exit point utilising the latest technology including optical character recognition to read container and vehicle information to manage traffic through the gate process.

Colin Hitchcock, London Gateway Harbour Master, pointed out that at 249 metres overall and with a 14 metre draft the Yeoman Bridge was the largest aggregate ship to come this far up the River Thames to date. Andrew Bowen, London Gateway Engineering Director, continued:

“This mega delivery was going to be landed at a smaller port in the South East and then transported to us by road, but we insisted the ship make arrangements to unload its cargo here at London Gateway. We were aware that by ensuring the ship docked at London Gateway we would remove 9,000 lorry trips, which is a massive saving in terms of emissions, fuel consumption and impact on our national road infrastructure. In addition to taking shipments by sea and rail, we are recycling and reusing materials and have our own concrete batching on site, to reduce the number of lorries we have coming and going from site.”

In addition to being closer to major markets, London Gateway will have Europe’s largest logistics park, allowing shippers to cut the cost associated with taking goods to distant distribution centres. London Gateway estimates 65 million road miles will be saved from DP World’s £1.5 billion pound investment into UK transport infrastructure and will return the capital to its former position as the country’s number one import and export point. Charles Meaby, London Gateway Commercial Director, commented:

“London Gateway is all about reducing the cost of road miles. We have reduced the number of lorries on the road in the construction of London Gateway and we offer our customers the ability to reduce their lorry miles and save on CO2, fuel and time costs as London Gateway is simply closer to the UK’s major markets, not just in the South East but also the Midlands and the North West.”

Photo: The bulk freighter sits alongside number two berth at the rapidly developing port.