It was the first vessel DPW have brought into London Gateway under their own stewardship and will be used as a training vessel to teach operational skills to the port’s staff.
The Pictor J was welcomed to port by the new harbour master Colin Hitchcock and his deputy James Hannon.
ISS handled all of the container vessel’s arrival formalities as it completed its journey from Germany and will also handle all husbandry requirements over the charter period, including reporting requirements, stores, and crew changes and welfare, as well as acting as the interface between the port and the ship.
ISS also provided port agency for the arrival in March of the giant quay cranes at London Gateway on the heavy-lift vessel operated by Shanghai Zhenhua Shipping Co, the Zhen Hua 26. These quay cranes, the largest in Britain, are bigger than the London Eye and weigh 2,000 tonnes each.
With an investment of £1.5 billion, London Gateway will combine the UK’s newest deep-sea container port with Europe’s largest logistics park and facilities will include six quays and a total of 24 cranes.