London Gateway wins first regular Asia-Europe services


The UK’s newest deep-water container port, London Gateway, has won its first fixed regular Asia-Europe calls more than three years after opening following the decision by new container shipping consortium The Alliance to award all its UK mainline calls to DP World.

The consortium of the world’s largest shipping lines – Hapag Lloyd, K-Line, MOL, NYK Line and Yang Ming – today announced ten trade routes connecting DP World’s UK ports to the US and Asia, all of its mainline UK calls.

The Alliance will bring vessels on its FE1, FE2 and FE4 services into the Dubai-based global ports and logistics services company’s DP World Southampton and those on FE3 and FE5 into DP World London Gateway, all of which link Asia and Europe.

Vessels deployed on the consortium’s transatlantic AL3, AL4 and AL5 services, will call at DP World Southampton while those on AL1 and AL2 will call into DP World London Gateway.

The FE3 and FE5 will be the first regular Asia-Europe services to call at DP World London Gateway, DP World confirmed. “This means the port now offers the widest choice to shippers on North-South and East-West trade lanes,” it claimed.

Following confirmation from The Alliance that new Asia-Europe and transatlantic services are to begin calling at DP World London Gateway, DP World announced that it will formally open its third berth for full operations at the end of March, in time for The Alliance’s arrival. “Berth 3 provides additional capacity for shipping lines and cargo owners, such as those in the retail, engineering and automotive sectors and will ensure DP World continues to provide a world-class service to its global supply chain customers,” the company said.

DP World Southampton container terminal will now be the only UK port to handle vessels operated by ‘The Alliance’, ‘Ocean Alliance’ and ‘2M’ alliance – the three major container shipping line consortia.

DP World said the geographical locations and excellent road and rail connectivity of both terminals – plus their “outstanding productivity levels and resilience to bad weather” – helped make the UK more competitive for importers and exporters.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, CEO and chairman of DP World, said: “DP World is the only operator in the UK to provide two deep-water facilities. Both terminals can provide operational back up to each other and reduce the risk of delays to the supply chain – no other operator in the UK can do this.”

He said moving goods from A to B had become increasingly demanding, with retailers and manufacturers depending on “swift, slick, efficient, reliable and highly complex supply chains”, adding: “At DP World, we recognise that we are an integral part of that supply chain. In the UK, our customers now have the choice of two deep-water ports, operated by one company, providing them with multiple benefits to their UK supply chain.”

Chris Lewis, UK managing director for DP World and CEO of DP World London Gateway, said: “For three years, DP World London Gateway has been going from strength-to-strength, winning numerous North-South services, handling a large number of ad-hoc Asia-Europe vessels, increasing productivity and becoming more efficient. Meanwhile, DP World Southampton has consistently maintained its record as the UK’s best performing container terminal and increased its market share.

“This third deep-water berth at the UK’s newest port, along with our three deep-water berths at DP World Southampton, offer more choice and more reliability for shippers.”

DP World said The Alliance was expected to deploy 21,000 TEU vessels on its services when MOL’s newbuilds come into service this year, “which will see DP World in the UK handle the largest ships in the world”.

DP World highlighted that its London Gateway port was also integrated with DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, which provides nearly one million square metres of supply chain and distribution space for retailers and logistics firms, such as Lidl and UPS, who are already on site. New distribution facilities at the Logistics Park are available for immediate occupation and planning consent for new development, including build-to-suit, is pre-approved under the Logistics Park’s Local Development Order. “This ensures planning consent can be granted within 28 days – the fastest possible in the UK,” DP World stressed.