The UK’s New $3 Billion Port Gets the Go-Ahead

June 12, 2008
Just 25 miles from central London, the project is designed to become the country’s national hub port and Europe’s largest logistics park.

To be developed by DP World, the Dubai-based global marine terminals operator, London Gateway will accommodate the world’s largest container ships and is claimed to be the most fully automated and efficient in the country when completed. Construction of the 1,850-acre site is slated to begin later this year.

As it sought to gain approval for London Gateway, DP World proposals included the capacity of handling 3.5 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually along a 2,300-meter container dock. To enhance the value its customers, DP World would include in the logistics park surrounding the Gateway container and other terminals, free zones and logistics facilities among other infrastructure developments.

Even before winning final approval from the UK government for the project, Dubai World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, claimed that, “After visiting the London Gateway site, we have realized the vital significance of this project for the British economy as well as for DP World. We are fully committed to this project and believe it will enhance the value we offer our customers due to its proximity to the UK's largest consumer market as well a unique combination of facilities provided by the port and park together.”

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