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London Gateway to open in 2013

The site of the new London Gateway port pictured in April 2011
 The site of the new London Gateway port pictured in April 2011
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The PLA today (4th October 2011) welcomed DP World's (DPW) announcement that the new London Gateway port will open in the last quarter of 2013. It will open with an initial capacity of 1.6 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units).

DP World also announced today major port equipment contracts including eight quay cranes, which will be the largest in the world, able to handle the next generation container vessels. They have also ordered automated stacking cranes and straddle carriers, as well as rail mounted gantry cranes for the port’s rail terminal.

The news of a firm opening date is great news for the Port of London as a whole and underlines the continued success of the river in attracting investment. Other major schemes underway include Ford's Dagenham jetty upgrade, the Port of Tilbury's NEXT project and the RWE npower investment in equipping Tilbury Power Station to use biomass as fuel.

The PLA has worked very closely on London Gateway – from the very first plans to redevelop the site through the public inquiry, environmental work, wreck clearance, dredging and the first construction phases to reach this goal. That close partnership with DP World will continue into the future with the new port a huge step in the evolution and growth of the Port of London.

Click here to download the DPW announcement.

For more information about the London Gateway project click here.