DP World is investing £12 million in two new Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes at London Gateway. The investment is being made in response to growing customer demand and is expected to increase capacity at the logistics hub by a third when the new fourth berth opens next year. The new cranes, which will be operational before the new berth opens, will increase rail capacity at London Gateway by 50%.
“We are delighted to be making a further investment in our railcapability and rail capacity with two new RMG cranes which will arrive in the same year that we open a new fourth berth. After thedisruption of recent years, shipping lines and cargo owners are looking for capacity, reliability and growth opportunities and DPWorld will deliver on all three fronts,” said Andrew Bowen, Port Operations Director at London Gateway.
DP World operates two deepwater ports in the UK (London Gateway and Southampton) with access to rail freight terminals. In the first half of last year, record cargo volumes were moved here, totaling 1.93 million TEUs. In addition, a new intermodal train service was launched in November connecting the container terminals at both ports, allowing customers to quickly and easily switch volumes between the two UK locations.
“The DP World-operated round service carries cargo including fresh fruit, beverages and consumer goods in less than five hours, taking up to 120 lorries a week off the roads. We estimate that the emphasis on rail across both ports takes a total of 300,000 trucks off UK roads each year and we are committed to playing our part in helping the UK meet its Net Zero 2050 policy,” emphasized Bowen.