London Gateway Port Visit

On Thursday 3rd May 2018, a group of Fletcher's enjoyed an exceptionally interesting and informative visit to DP World.
Dubai Port (DP) World's London Gateway Port is a £1.5 billion shipping terminal capable of handling the largest deep-sea container ships. Formerly home to a Shell oil refinery, the development on the north bank of the River Thames is located close to the UK’s largest consumer markets in London and the South East and is the UK’s newest container port.  

Ultimately the development will feature a 2,700 metre-long container quay with a fully developed capacity of 3.5 million TEU (standard container units) a year. The construction of warehousing and distribution facilities immediately adjacent to the port will make it the largest multi-modal logistics and business park in the South East of England. 

The port opened in November 2013 and is now linked on a weekly-basis with 51 countries and more than 90 ports all over the world.

The visit comprised an introductory presentation by DP World followed by a coach tour of the terminal, including a full commentary about the operation. This was followed by a visit to the Border Control Point which is the facility where checks on imported food and feed are undertaken to ensure compliance with public and animal health requirements.

Our grateful thanks go to our hosts the City of London Corporation’s Port Health Service who gave us an opportunity to see how inspections are undertaken, and the Port Health staff, including official veterinarians, who were on hand to answer our questions.


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