Categories: DP World, London, NewsPublished On: 15.09.2020478 words2.5 min read

Inside London Gateway – the UK’s ‘most advanced’ sea port on the Essex coast that you never knew existed

HMM Algeciras is the largest sea vessel in the world (Image: DP World London Gateway)

London Gateway is the UK’s most advanced sea port dealing with the biggest ships in the world – yet most of Essex still has no idea it’s actually found in our county.

Sitting on the Thames Estuary on the county’s south coast, the facility was constructed as part of Dubai Ports’ global logistics empire at a staggering cost of £1.5bn.

It’s one of the biggest infrastructure projects the UK has ever seen, providing a state-of-the-art megaport, rail terminal and Logistics Park – the buildings for which could house the entire population of the City of London.

The majority of what we buy from the shops and supermarkets comes from here – a port in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, that only started up seven years ago.

The sheer size of the operation is difficult to comprehend, but what’s more clear is that life has been well and truly restored to what was a dwindling existence of the dockyards of the River Thames.

DP’s 12 quayside cranes can each carry up to four containers at one time (Image: DP World London Gateway)

The process is far more complicated than loading some containers onto a ship, but that’s the part that catches the eye.

And it’s hard not to, with 12 huge cranes and some of the world’s largest shipping vessels towering above everything they surround along the Estuary.

London Gateway welcomes 27 services every week, each time tasked with unloading thousands of containers carrying food, clothes and luxuries – to name a few – to be distributed right across the UK.

Just recently, the port saw the arrival of HMM Algeciras, the world’s largest shipping vessel that can carry up to 24,000 containers at any one time. It measures 400 metres in length, meaning it would tower 100 metres above the Eiffel Tower if stood on its bow.

But size is no issue as the port’s three deep water berths are built to handle the biggest vessels around, and work is currently ongoing to add a further three berths to the facility.

These ships are coming in from all over the world and the products they deliver now make up the majority of British imports, but somehow London Gateway seems to have slipped under the radar, even for those living just down the road.

Shuttles are used to transport containers across the port (Image: DP World London Gateway)

Operating in 40 countries and moving 174,000 containers every day, DP World is leading the way in maritime logistics.

London Gateway started operations in November 2013 and quickly became one of the key locations for the global business, meaning Stanford-le-Hope is now right at the heart of the empire . . . .

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