The UK’s newest port “London Gateway” has just celebrated its first birthday. Everything seems to be going full steam ahead with their expansion and the port operated by DP World is seeing some of the largest container ships docking at London Gateway on a regular basis. This includes the Edith Maersk, the largest ship ever to sail up the River Thames that is 1302 feet long, 183-feet wide and can carry up to 15,500 twenty foot containers.
London Gateway is a development on the north bank of the River Thames in Thurrock, Essex, 20 miles east of London. It comprises a new deep-water port, which is able to handle the biggest container ships in the world, as well as one of Europe’s largest logistics parks, providing access by road and railways to London and the rest of Great Britain and Europe. The port’s engineering team has devised a quad-lift shipping crane that doubles the amount of containers it can lift at one time. The spreader is capable of handling four 20 foot containers at a time, doubling the cranes capacity for moving containers. This means ships can be turned around much faster and ultimately shipping companies like UPakWeShip can get our containers faster.
Top 5 Facts about London Gateway
1/ The first vessel to dock at the port was the MOL Caledon, a 58,000 ton container ship carrying fruit and wine from South Africa.
2/ London Gateway will provide 8858 feet of quay, six deep-water berths with depth alongside of 55 1/2 feet, 24 giant quay cranes and an annual capacity of 3.5 million TEU’s.
3/ During the development, the Gateway environmental team organized the relocation of more than 300,000 animals to new habitats and created a new nature reserve 30 times the size of Trafalgar Square.
4/The container cranes at London Gateway are amongst the largest in the world – taller than the London Eye, and their 25-box outreach takes them beyond the width of the world’s largest container ship.
5/The London Gateway Logistics Park offers 9 million square foot of warehousing space and set to eventually become the largest logistics facility in Europe.
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