A new port is set to open outside London by the end of 2013 in a bid to significantly boost Britain’s cargo capacity.
A Dubai shipping firm is building the UK’s first deep-water shipping port in more than 25 years.
The Dubai port operator, DP World- who is the leader in international marine terminal operations and development, logistics and related services- has already invested £425 million into the project and the company has said it plans to push another £650 million into the project over the next three years.
The facility, called London Gateway, is located about 25 miles east of central London and will be Europe’s largest logistics park featuring 9 million sq. ft.
It will create around 36,000 jobs and DP reckons this will provide some £3.2 billion to the UK economy each year.
So far about 1,000 km of the sea bed has been dredged which will form the foundation of the site. The new land already extends 400m further into the water than the previous sea wall.
Simon Moore, chief executive of London Gateway said: “London Gateway will offer a unique proposition to British cargo owners. Importers and exporters will be provided greater choice and opportunity to take costs out of their supply chains and reduce their environmental impact.”
UK Business Secretary Vince Cable added that it will save UK businesses millions of pounds every year.
He said: “An estimated 65 million road freight miles every year will be saved as many goods will no longer need to be transported from deep sea ports to inland distribution centres. Instead, goods will be sent straight into the new London Gateway Logistics Park and then directly to shops and homes.”
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