Wednesday 06th November will mark a significant date for shipping companies currently entering UK waters as the new London Gateway deep water port is about to open for business.
The first arrival at London Gateway is a 58T container ship that has come across from South Africa with this being the first commercial vessel to enter a new British port in over 2 generations.
This is a major milestone in the history of shipping companies and UK port operations as London can now operate as a true leader in this field.
The new port is situated on the Thames on previously derelict land once owned by the oil refinery industry and gives London a unique opportunity to welcome shipping companies from around the globe into the new state of the art facility.
During March the largest quay side cranes in the world arrived, September was the grand opening of the new terminal linking rail services to the port and last week saw the first docking of a vessel for onward shipping to another global destination.
Next week gives the Shipping companies the opportunity to use the first new berth with the second berth opening towards the end of Q1 2014 and third coming on line during 2015.
Shipping companies will not be the only beneficiary of the new port as the land adjacent to the new site will be redeveloped into a 9 million square foot logistics hub and this will be Europe’s largest logistical site.
Many blue chip companies have taken space on the park with plans to consolidate numerous sites across the UK into 2-3 based at the port and this goes to show that the 1.5 billion pounds of investment could be money well spent for the UK economy.
Over 10 thousand jobs have been created within the construction industry, by the completion date in 2015 over 2000 will be permanently based at the port and over 10000 new jobs are to be created across the logistics park so London Gateway could really help to inject sustained growth into both London and the UK as a whole.
Shipping companies using the largest vessels in the world carrying 18000 containers will be able to dock in London now that the dredging has been completed and during this time amazing discoveries included a wartime bomber plane of German origin, wrecked ships of all shapes and sizes and 150 wartime bombs had to be exploded.
London has planning permission for 6 deep sea berths which will no doubt put them into direct competition with Southampton and Felixstowe who only have 3 between them so shipping companies may well pull the routing into London once the port is fully operational.
Another benefit of the London gateway is for shipping companies costs as its predicted that they delivery charges into certain part of the country will also drop dramatically giving direct savings straight into many companies supply chains.
Its certainly a much needed boost for global shipping companies, London and the UK economy and we will closely follow the ongoing work up until the completion date where we could have one of the major shipping ports right on our doorstep.