Work has started on site to build a new fourth berth at DP World’s London Gateway smart logistics hub.
The £350m project, which is expected to be completed in 2024, will lift London Gateway’s capacity by a third, allowing it to reportedly handle more of the world’s largest vessels than any other port in the country.
Ernst Schulze, DP World UK chief executive, said: “I am delighted that we have taken the next step in delivery of the new fourth berth and made clear our commitment to investing in and regenerating the areas where we operate. Over the next 10 years we have earmarked a further £1bn of investment in this country.
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“The construction of the new fourth berth is creating 1,000 jobs and London Gateway’s rapidly growing logistics park will employ 12,000 people when it is completed in five years’ time. Our investment is a catalyst for the regeneration of one of the most deprived areas in the UK, which is currently in the top decile of deprivation.”
Seamus Devlin, McLaughlin & Harvey civil engineering director, added: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract with DP World and to begin delivering this vital piece of national infrastructure. We bring with us extensive experience in the marine sector, and look forward to engaging with our local supply chain and creating jobs locally.”
DP World operates two deep water ports at London Gateway and Southampton with access to freight rail terminals, and a logistics park, close to the capital.
DP World announced in July that London Gateway handled more than one million TEU in six months between January and June, contributing to a record volume of cargo in the first half of the year for DP World’s ports in the UK, totalling 1,937,000 TEU.