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A container ship laden with goods from West Africa landed at DP World London Gateway recently – marking the start of a new trade route to the continent.

Panamanian-registered, 242 metre-long MSC Sabrina, called at the port last week. The new service means a fast link between the UK,

northern Europe, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Nigeria – with transit times of around 22 days. DP World London Gateway Port now has 15 weekly services calling into the terminal and from more of locations around the world than any other UK container port.

A storage space for empty
containers is to be opened at DP World London Gateway.

Operated and managed by Solent Stevedores, an award-winning company with a range of bulk and general cargo handling services elsewhere, the facility will be based on Berth 7, near the port’s main gate.

A number of associated container services will also be offered by that company at the site. Work to
develop the yard starts next month

and it’s due to open next year.
The announcement of further investment in the port comes just
as the first THE Alliance vessels, operating on Asia-Europe and transatlantic routes, recently
started calling at the port.

This complements the continued expansion of the Logistics Park,
with Lidl starting operations out of
the London Gateway Logistics
Centre from April and work on
UPS’s 345,000 sq ft sorting hub

progressing. James Leeson, Head of Port Commercial, DP World London Gateway, said: “It will provide more choice at the port for our customers when they’re seeking solutions for the storage of empty containers.

“The DP World London Gateway logistics hub is growing fast; the network of services operating out of the port is now truly global, with access available into or out of the port from all of the world’s major economic centres.”

DP World’s head of port commercial, James Leeson, said: “We’re delighted that MSC has chosen DP World London Gateway as the port-of-choice for the West Africa Service’s UK call, opening up a new trade route out of our state-of-the-art logistics facility.

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