London Gateway port is due to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2013, with a capacity of 3.5 million TEU. The first three quay cranes that will operate at the port have now left China and are on their way to the UK.
At 138 metres each, the cranes will be semi-automated, allowing quick and efficient handling of containers at the new port. The cranes are large enough to reach across 25 rows of containers – more than the largest cargo ship in operation can currently hold, which is testament to the port operators’ far-reaching vision for the port. London Gateway aims to offer savings to importers and exporters due to reduced transport costs to and from the UK’s major industry hubs. Shippers are forecast to save around £59 per container to the Midlands and £189 per container to London and the South East. The state-of-the-art technology is also expected to provide the port with a competitive edge. London Gateway will be operated by DP World, adding to its portfolio of over 60 ports worldwide.