Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Unifeeder Chooses DP World's London Gateway Port for New Polish Feeder Service

Hardly a Surprise as Group Lines its Ducks for Post-Brexit Short Sea Conditions
Shipping News Feature
UK – POLAND – London's newest deep water port, DP World's London Gateway is best known for its deep sea connections having the ability to work on the largest of box ships. The latest generation of these vessels however mean even more work for the smaller class TEU feeder vessels and now the Unifeeder fleet is to begin a service running to and from the port to link it with Gydnia, located on Poland's Baltic coast.

The choice however is hardly surprising, DP World invested €660 million in purchasing Unifeeder in August 2018, a deal finalised just last month, but the strategy to open a direct shuttle link of this type conforms to the two operations' intent to expand their logistics interests and general trade growth and ensure a steady flow of cargo to the UK via multiple points of entry, no matter the consequences of Brexit.

DP World London Gateway says this new short-sea service, which will commence on Friday, February 22, will complement existing, state-of-the-art deep-sea offerings, which currently give UK importers and exporters service options to more than 110 ports in over 60 different countries. Chris Lewis, UK CEO, DP World, commented:

“We are pleased to be working in conjunction with Unifeeder to offer its customers, and European importers and exporters more generally, a competitive alternate gateway into the UK. The port and its integrated Logistics Park offer unmatched road and rail links to the whole of the UK and a container terminal that places cargo owners and users at its heart by offering transparency, visibility and numerous points of contact.

“After five years of operations, the port is among the fastest growing in the world and has a supporting infrastructure that has potential to assist those trading goods between the UK and Europe, through outstanding LoLo services and flexible distribution and warehousing options.”

Timm Niebergall, Director of Unifeeder Shortsea, Unifeeder Group, was meanwhile fulsome in his praise of the Thames side facilities, saying:

“Due to integration to the UK’s largest Logistic Park as well as great accessibility to the highway and rail connections, DP World London Gateway is a true logistic hub, making it a powerful extension of Unifeeder’s network.”