DP World London Gateway is expected to officially open its third berth for full operations at the end of March this year.
The start of full operations at the new berth will meet the increase in traffic expected following the launch in April of the new THE Alliance, which will begin calling the facilities with its new Asia-Europe and transatlantic services.
The new alliance, which includes Hapag Lloyd, K-Line, MOL, NYK Line and Yang Ming, will make all of its UK calls at DP World-operated terminals from April.
It announced ten trade routes connecting DP World’s UK container terminals in London and Southampton to the US and Asia.
The consortium will bring vessels on its FE1, FE2 and FE4 services into DP World Southampton and the ships on FE3 and FE5 into DP World London Gateway, with all the services linking Asia and Europe.
Additionally, vessels deployed on the new alliance’s transatlantic AL3, AL4 and AL5 services will call Southampton, while those on AL1 and AL2 will call London Gateway.
According to the port operator, DP World Southampton container terminal will be the UK’s only port to handle vessels operated by all of the three main shipping consortia, namely THE Alliance, the 2M alliance, and the Ocean Alliance, which will also launch in April 2017.
Chris Lewis, DP World’s UK managing director and DP World London Gateway’s CEO, said: “We are looking forward to announcing the opening of Berth 3 at DP World London Gateway at the end of March, in time for ‘THE Alliance’s’ arrival.
“This third deep-water berth at the UK’s newest port, along with our three deep-water berths at DP World Southampton, offer more choice and more reliability for shippers.”