Monday, September 19, 2016

Thames Deep Water Container Port Bags Another Ocean Freight Service as Parent Company Goes Green

DP World UK Facility Getting Busy as Group Concentrates on Staff Development and the Environment
Shipping News Feature
UK – DUBAI – AUSTRALIA – MEDITERRANEAN – A busy week for DP World, the port management group with the announcement that its London Gateway operation on the banks of the River Thames has secured another ocean freight service, this time from French container shipping line CMA CGM which is to operate its NEMO (North European Mediterranean Oceania) together with Hapag Lloyd’s EAX (Europe, Australia Express) combined operation beginning in January 2017. In addition to four port calls at cities in Australia, the service will provide the Port with more direct links between Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Malta and Italy.

The full NEMO/EAX alliance service loop into the UK from Australia comprises the following rotation:-

Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Singapore, Port Kelang, Chennai, Colombo, Cochin, Damietta, Malta, Salerno and DP World London Gateway; then outbound from the UK the order is:- Rotterdam, Hamburg, Le Havre, Fos Sur Mer, Genoa, Damietta, Pointe Des Galets and Fremantle.

Representatives from both CMA CGM and Hapag Lloyd enthused about the road and rail connections available from London Gateway and expressed confidence in faster turn round times for the ships and improved service levels leading James Leeson, Head of Port Commercial, DP World London Gateway to comment:

“We’re delighted to add the NEMO/EAX service to our portfolio. With this new service we are now the only UK port to provide direct services to Australia* giving importers and exporters a unique trade advantage. This service also enhances our connection to the Mediterranean, opening up new markets for Port and Logistics Park users at DP World London Gateway. This is testament to the excellent service the Port is offering. Unmatched weather reliability, consistent truck turnaround times, high ship-side productivity and superb customer service are all combining to provide customers with a reliable, safe and fast service”

In other DP World related news the company has become the first in a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country to sign a Professional Development Partnership with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which at over 100 years old is the original professional association for those professionals in the field of human resource management.

With a worldwide community of over 140,000 members, the CIPD focuses on championing better work and working lives, while setting benchmarks for excellence in people and organisation development, and DP World says this shows the group’s commitment to the continuous improvement of its human capital capabilities. DPW’s Head Office Human Capital team will now have access to a resource base of internationally recognised professional standards in people development and the latest industry trends and practices, leading DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, to observe:

“Our people are our greatest asset and this partnership demonstrates our firm intention to develop their talents. We always focus on the training and development of our employees and helping them reach their full potential. Such partnerships are key to ensuring we’re up-to-date in the way we provide these resources and career opportunities. Investing in our people and providing them the tools to drive change will help us achieve our vision to lead the future of world trade.”

The Dubai headquartered group has just completed its participation in Go Green Week which saw it addressing three main ecological areas, Reuse and Recycle, Climate Change and Community, through different activities across DP World’s global portfolio of 77 operating marine and inland terminals in 40 countries, many of them in cooperation with the other neighbouring ports of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG).

Each of DP World’s business units chose one or more of 12 activities during Go Green Week. These include reusing waste materials from the port, food waste composting, clean-up of terminal and surrounding areas, energy saving drives, tree planting, volunteering at local wildlife parks and supporting environmental education for local communities and once again it was DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem who commented, saying:

“We are committed to sustainability through our ongoing campaign ‘Our World, Our Future’ and we know we can play a significant role in improving people’s lives, developing their communities and protecting their environment. Our approach is more than corporate responsibility, it seeks to create value for all our stakeholders and is a continuous process embedded into our business model throughout our global portfolio.

“The Go Green initiative is one of the many programmes we run throughout the year to ensure we serve the communities in which we operate, by taking an industry leading position on environmental issues such as preventing pollution, promoting responsible use of natural resources and constantly looking for innovative ways to do more through forging strategic partnerships with organisations on issues of importance to the industry.”

*(Editor’s Note: MSC also runs its direct UK/Australian service from the port)

Photo: Aerial view of London Gateway looking westward up the Thames.