London Gateway open for business
After a false start when it became a port of refuge for a fire-struck containership in September, DP World's London Gateway has today welcomed its first scheduled ship.
The MOL Caledon arrived from South Africa to a welcoming party made up of DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, vice chairman Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, group chief executive Mohammed Sharaf, chairman of MOL Liner Junichiro Ikeda, and shipper representatives JFH Hillebrand managing director David Mawer and Chingford Fruit managing director Gavin McNally, together with other senior executives.
The port has been more than 10 years in the planning and construction phase. There are plans to build a further five berths before it reaches its full operational capacity of 3.5m teu a year.
DP World chairman Sultan Bin Sulayem said: “This is the first port to be built in the UK in a generation and so there is nothing else like this in the country."
The unofficial opening was on September 13 when the fire-damaged Zim Rotterdam berthed to discharge its cargo and undergo “required maintenance” there. A call at the scheduled port of Felixstowe was aborted.
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