DP World London Gateway has marked its first year in business with a series of new deep-sea container shipping services provided by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Hamburg Süd, and the Chilean line CSAV.
The MSC’s service from South Africa to UK/Northwest Europe will make a direct London Gateway call, switching from the Port of Felixstowe, starting this December. The first MSC vessel to call into DP World London Gateway on the new rotation will be the MSC Rita, which is due to arrive December 7.
DP World London Gateway has also been chosen by Hamburg Süd as the UK port of call for a new service connecting the North European market with Mexico, Central America and Colombia. The first ship to call into DP World London Gateway on this weekly, fixed-day Europe-Mexico-Caribbean Service (EMCS) will be the Cap Beaufort, arriving this week. The port rotation is Antwerp, London Gateway, Hamburg, Altamira, Veracruz, Puerto Limon, Cartagena, Marin, Antwerp.
“The EMCS will carry a large quantity of fruit and fresh produce. The time-critical nature of this cargo goes without saying. Furthermore, at DP World London Gateway, importers can be confident of fast and efficient inspection procedures, and a rapid and reliable turnaround of trucks at the terminal,” said Tabare Dominguez, DP World London Gateway Port Commercial Manager.
CSAV has confirmed a weekly call into the port as part of its reconfigured Europe-Middle East/India (IMEX) services, which will join the already established EPIC service at DP World London Gateway. The IMEX Sling 1, starting this month, will be served by eight 5,500-6,500 TEU vessels. It will cover ports in North Europe, the Red Sea, the Arabian Gulf, Pakistan and India West Coast. It will also offer two hubs in the Mediterranean.