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Pentalver's plans for a permanent container depot at DP World London Gateway

(A London Gateway News Release)

Essex, UK, 21st January 2015: Pentalver, the UK’s leading inland container service operator, has announced plans to develop a permanent container depot at DP World London Gateway, the UK’s new deep-water port.

Pentalver has been providing empty storage, dry repair and reefer services at its temporary premises at DP World London Gateway since April 2014. Now it is to move ahead with a permanent facility, to be built in two phases.

The agreement will see Pentalver operating out of a purpose-built facility on a five-acre site, with additional land available for future growth. The second phase will expand the facility to nine acres within the first five years.

When the first phase opens for business in April 2015, Pentalver will offer its full range of services to vessels discharging at the port including cargo handling, transport, loaded storage, empty storage, reefer services, maintenance and container refurbishment.

Chris Lawrenson, Managing Director of Pentalver, said: “Our DP World London Gateway operation has gone from strength to strength since opening our temporary site. We are delighted to be announcing plans for our new permanent depot in a deal which not only offers us the potential for growth, but reinforces our commitment to investing in our customers’ requirements at locations of their choice.”

He added: “The new operation will bolster the services we offer at our existing dockside depots and we are delighted to be playing a significant role in the future plans of the UK’s newest port.”

Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said: “Pentalver’s decision to move ahead with their permanent facility is a major development for us; this commitment clearly recognises the strategic importance of the UK’s newest deep-water port.

“Pentalver will provide a suite of complementary services for our shipping lines and we will work together to ensure speedy, smooth and efficient connections between our operations and those of the container depot.”

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About DP World London Gateway

Opened Q4 2013, DP World London Gateway is the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway provides unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK. The port's location, with its superior operational systems and service, ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.

DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents, including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2013, DP World handled 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units). With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.