A consignment of wine for global beverage logistics provider JF Hillebrand was the first official container to be unloaded at DP World London Gateway during the evening of 6 November.
The 4,500 TEU capacity container ship, MOL Caledon, carried the wine from South Africa and became the first scheduled commercial vessel to dock at the UK’s newest deep sea port.
On 7 November two JF Hillebrand ‘Wine Trains’ transported the containers of wine from DP World’s London Gateway to Daventry and Bristol. The rail services, by which the majority of JF Hillebrand’s deliveries from London Gateway will be made, provide significantly improved service reliability compared to road, minimise the impact on the local environment and avoid congestion to the already heavily utilised UK road network.
David Mawer Managing Director of JF Hillebrand UK, said: "We are delighted that DP World’s London Gateway is now operational. It is important for the UK economy and our customers to have a lean, flexible and integrated supply chain, with capacity to support future growth and the trend in global shipping towards larger vessels. Our customers depend on fast, reliable and flexible transit times and so we need to ensure the UK remains attractive to Shipping Lines as a direct call. This requires a flexible and responsive Port network able to accommodate their Shipping Line and landside customers.
David Mawer continued, "DP World’s London Gateway meets all these requirements and we look forward to working with the Port to further enhance the service we provide to our customers."