DP World London Gateway has announced plans to move forward with a third berth at the UK’s new deep-sea hub port, located 25 miles from central London.
The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, visited the state-of-the-art port with local MPs. He climbed one of the world’s tallest quay cranes to view the location of the new berth which will increase deep-sea access for ships carrying UK imports and exports.
“The new third berth announced today will create many new jobs and is a signal that the UK maritime sector is continuing to grow. The maritime sector directly contributes £14 billion to our economy every year and supports more than a million jobs,” he said.
“Having visited the port I have seen for myself what a fantastic piece of infrastructure it is and the opportunity that exists for even further growth and expansion at this site.”
The third berth will enable the use of an additional 400 meters of quay length with a dredged depth of 17 meters alongside. DP World London Gateway port can easily handle the largest container ships and has developed innovative technology to ensure the port remains open in bad weather.
Contracts have been awarded to VolkerFitzpatrick for civil and electrical works and four new quay cranes have been ordered from ZPMC. The third berth is planned to be operational in the second half of 2016.