Thames dredging poised to start

22 Feb 2010
Simon Moore, London Gateway chief executive explains the dredging and marine monitoring plans in place

Simon Moore, London Gateway chief executive explains the dredging and marine monitoring plans in place

River deepening work on the Thames is scheduled to start this month to allow the world’s largest container ships to call at the UK’s London Gateway.

When completed, the new channel will allow deep sea container ships to dock closer to London than existing ports. Commissioned by operator DP World, London Gateway marks the UK’s first deep-sea port in over 20 years.

Simon Moore, chief executive of London Gateway, said: “The dredging operation is an essential part of the project and will create a world-class shipping lane and port that will become the primary sea trading route for British commerce.

“Quite simply, London Gateway will allow the UK to deliver its substantial deep-sea trade as close as possible to the primary points of consumption. That will be a positive change to the UK’s efficiency.”

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