DP World boosts London Gateway capacity

Capacity boost: rail mounted gantry cranes arrive at DP World London Gateway. Courtesy DP World

Two new rail-mounted gantry cranes installed by DP World at its London Gateway rail terminal will increase rail capacity by 50% and overall intermodal container handling capacity by 75%.

The terminal operator says the investment is part of its wider commitment to increase rail freight: it operates a London Gateway – Southampton service and at the latter location is operating a Modal Shift Programme trial which incentivises customers to use rail.

Delivered by ZPMC, the £12 million cranes weigh approximately 480 tonnes and have a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes. They are being delivered to London Gateway’s new fourth berth, which is claimed to be the first all-electric berth at a port in the world. 

London Gateway Vice President Port Operations Ahsan Agha said: ‘The expansion of capacity at the London Gateway rail terminal is testament to that service, with the increase in rail journeys between London Gateway and our UK rail network connections ensuring that our customers stay competitive while reducing their carbon emissions in order to meet their key sustainability targets.  

‘After the disruption in supply routes in recent years, shipping lines and cargo owners are constantly looking for new capacity and sustainable solutions and we are delighted that the increased rail capacity at London Gateway will help us deliver on both fronts.’