CMA CGM’s European Caribbean Service is to begin calling at DP World London Gateway Port following enhancements to the rotation.
It means that this particular service will be calling in the UK for the first time on Friday, January 6.
Dedicated to reefer transport, the service will provide one of the shortest transit times on the market between Central America and North Europe. It also enables the UK to connect with the whole of the Caribbean region through CMA CGM’s strategic hub in Kingston, Jamaica.
The new ECS rotation will be: Puerto Limon, Kingston, Rotterdam, DP World London Gateway, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Caucedo, Kingston, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Puerto Cortes and Puerto Limon.
Offered in cooperation with Hapag–Lloyd, the service will be run by five 2300 TEU capacity, state-of-the-art CMA CGM vessels and one Hapag–Lloyd vessel.
CMA CGM already utilises DP World London Gateway on a number of services.
The line’s NEMO service, linking Oceania, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, began calling at the port recently. Meanwhile, the EUROSAL service – connecting the west coast of South America and Northern Europe – will be upgraded to significantly larger, high reefer capacity vessels of almost 10,000teus.
Rob Waterman, CEO, CMA CGM UK, said:
“We’re extremely pleased to be able to offer our customers an enhanced service offering between Central America and North Europe.
“These improvements will lead to shorter transit times and provide greater choice to shippers moving goods between Central America & the Caribbean to the UK.
“DP World London Gateway is exceptionally well equipped to handle reefer containers and we look forward to building on our good relationship with the Port to further enhance this service loop for our customers.”
James Leeson, Head of Port Commercial, DP World London Gateway, said:
“This is a great win, not just for DP World London Gateway, but for the UK, too.
“The start of the improved ECS weekly service will broaden the Port’s trade route offering and also provide shippers with a highly competitive transit option between the UK and important Central America markets.
“Vessels calling here receive a superior temperature controlled container service. The Port has almost 1700 reefer plugs, a cassette and translifter system that enables containers to be moved around the terminal more efficiently and world-class inspection facilities that contribute to class leading release and dwell times.
“We look forward to receiving the first call by a vessel on the ECS service in the same week that the enhanced CMA CGM NEMO service begins calling at DP World London Gateway Port.
“With our great team, state-of-the-art technology – which is making UK trade more reliable and more efficient – and excellent turnaround times, we’re extremely well placed to offer CMA CGM and its customers using these service rotations the very best service.”
DP World London Gateway Port has also achieved full Authorised Economic Operator status.
The internationally recognised quality mark, issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, indicates that the Port’s role in the international supply chain is secure and that customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.
Achieving the status will lead to a reduction in delays to cargo passing through the terminal as customs procedures will be simplified, whilst the highest levels of security are upheld.
The AEO initiative was introduced by the European Commission through the Union Customs Code to simplify the customs process.
The designation follows a three-day audit of the site which scrutinised the Port’s security, IT and fiscal systems, and its storage, processing and employment procedures.
Chris Lewis, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said:
“DP World London Gateway Port is continuously looking at ways it can better serve its customers.
“Achieving Authorised Economic Operator status does this. It grants peace of mind to UK Customs and our customers, while enabling us to deliver a simplified, more efficient service.
“Ports have a vital role to play in ensuring that the international supply chain is secure and that customs procedures are simple but robust and consistent. This designation is evidence that DP World London Gateway Port takes that role very seriously.”
Separately, work to create 180,000 sq ft of new, cross-dock distribution warehousing and office space at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park is underway.
This is the second and final phase of the DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre.
Phase One is 207,000sq ft of warehouse and office space and was completed in early 2015.
The two separate developments total 387,000 sq ft at the centre.
Phase Two, which will be available for occupation from May 2017, comprises of 155,000 sq ft of warehouse accommodation, plus 10,000 sq ft of conjoined office space. In addition to this, there is a separate 15,000 sq ft of office space available for occupation.
This development provides a rare opportunity for fast occupation of a high-spec cross-dock distribution warehouse facility, in a prime South East location, adjacent to the rapidly expanding, state-of-the-art, deep-sea port of London Gateway.
Tenants located at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park benefit from the hub’s location, just 10 miles from the M25 and 25 miles from Central London.
A large labour pool of over three million people live within a 45 minute drive and a specialist in-house team are able to assist and advise on creating additional supply chain value. In addition, full-service estates management is provided by Knight Frank.
Logistics Park Development Director Oliver Treneman, said:
“We’re delighted to announce the commencement of work on further warehousing space at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, which will form an extension to the existing DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre.
“This is a unique opportunity for a company to locate part of its operations at one of the UK’s most integrated logistics hubs. DP World London Gateway Port is witnessing exponential growth, with a number of new deep-sea shipping services to new markets, so now is a great
time to capitalise on available space at the Logistics Park and engage with us to create even more value in the supply chain.”