Monday, February 9, 2015

Thames Side Container Shipping Port Collects Another Freight Service

Cargo from West Africa Will Enter UK via Essex
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – Having confirmed Southampton as the UK port of choice for the Oceans Three container alliance cargo services FAL1 and FAL3, of which it forms part, CMA CGM have announced forthcoming freight services from West Africa to DP World’s London Gateway Port. The CMA CGM EURAF2 service is now calling direct to Nigeria, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast providing what the company describes as some of the fastest transit times in the market.

Again as part of a cooperative agreement the service, which will be provided through partnership with Hapag-Lloyd and MOL, started with the Frisia Helsinki calling at DP World London Gateway at the end of January. Via transhipment, the service also offers an extensive range of West African ports which the French shipping line says will enable competitive transit times to key markets, including a wide range of inland destinations.

London Gateway’s big sales factor is the proximity to London and the most populous region of the UK, the South East plus good transport links to other regions by road and rail. Trucks currently calling at Britain’s newest container terminal enter the port’s gates, pick up containers and exit the port in less than 30 minutes thanks to automated truck handling systems whilst Gateway’s ability to stay open in bad weather has proved useful in the past when other ports have been storm bound. Tabare Dominguez, Port Commercial Manager for DP World London Gateway, said:

“We are delighted to be able to serve CMA CGM and we are very pleased they have chosen our state-of-the-art port for their West Africa service. We now welcome new cargo owners to Britain’s new global port and remain focused on delivering service excellence to our customers.”