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A third berth at London Gateway will mean more jobs and shows signs of a rapidly-growing maritime sector – according to transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin (pictured).

The Government minister saw first hand how 400 metres of quay, with a dredge depth of 17 metres, will be added to London Gateway by late 2016 – allowing for more container ships to load and unload there, even in bad weather.

McLoughlin climbed one of London Gateway’s eight massive quay cranes to get a better view of the planned berth.

He said: “The continued expansion of London Gateway Port proves Britain is a country where companies want to invest. “The new berth will create many new
jobs and is a signal that the UK maritime sector is continuing to grow. It directly contributes £14 billion to our economy every year and supports more than a million jobs.‎

“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.”
London Gateway has capacity to open six berths. In addition, rail services from the port now call at 11 destinations across the UK.

Port owners DP World have said they are committed to increasing the speed and efficiency of supply chains.
Vice chairman Jamal Majid Bin-Thaniad said: “We are announcing berth three in line with our customers’ needs and we are delighted that the transport secretary was able to visit the port and see the facilities and infrastructure we have created to reduce supply-chain costs.”

UK engineering firm VolkerFitzpatrick has been contracted to carry out work at the new berth, while four new quay cranes have been ordered from Chinese company ZPMC.

Container specialists Pentalver have announced plans to build a permanent nine-acre depot at DP World London Gateway.

The purpose-built site at the deep-water port, which will be built in two phases,
will see Pentalver continue to provide storage, dry repair and reefer services. The company had been working at temporary premises on the same site since last April.

The first phase will see Pentalver operations at Gateway move to a five-acre site, with extra land available for future growth. While the second phase, which it’s thought will take five years, will make the facility nine acres.

Bosses hope to relaunch Pentalver’s

five-acre site in April. It will offer a full range of services for vessels discharging at the port including cargo handling, transport, loaded storage, empty storage, maintenance and container refurbishment.


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