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£40 million upgrade planned for container terminal in Southampton

Posted on 12 Apr 2021 and read 412 times
£40 million upgrade planned for container terminal in SouthamptonPicture courtesy of DP World

DP World, a leading global provider of smart logistics, has announced that its port faciliites in Southampton, Britain’s second largest container terminal, will benefit from a major programme of investment in 2021, designed to ‘take it to the next level’ as a premier international freight and logistics hub.

DP World Southampton is one of the company’s two UK deep water ports with freight rail terminals which were awarded ‘Freeport’ status by the UK Government last month. The new infrastructure investment totalling £40 million will include the dredging and widening of the berths to ensure that DP World Southampton will be able to continue to accommodate the world’s largest ships. This project, which was conducted in partnership with Associated British Ports, was completed before Easter and will improve flexibility for customers with immediate effect.

It will also include: a £10 million investment in a new class of eleven hybrid straddle carriers — these vehicles, which lift containers moved by the quay cranes and then service onward forms of transport via road and rail, consume up to 40% less fuel than diesel-electric powered machines and will be among the most sustainable in the world; planned £3 million investment in the redevelopment of the yard for the storage and delivery of customers’ empty containers — once completed this will increase capacity by 25% and create more flexibility for port users; a new Border Control Post (BCP), including UK Border Force and port health inspection facilities, to enable multiple government agencies to expedite checks on cargo entering the country; and a £1.5 million extension of a quay crane rail by 120m to ensure that the world’s largest cranes can service all berths at the terminal. Additionally, other quay cranes will be relocated or decommissioned in order to maximise usage, speed up quayside loading and unloading, and ultimately save time.

Ernst Schulze, chief executive of DP World in the UK, said: “DP World Southampton is the most productive port in Britain, turns container trucks around faster than any of its competitors and at 30% also has the highest proportion of its containers moved by rail.”

“At DP World we think ahead to create smarter trade solutions and this £40 million programme of investment will ensure that our Southampton terminal continues to grow as a major freight and logistics hub.

“Our aim is to partner in our customers’ business success and we are already seeing a surge of interest from companies which want to take advantage of the customs zone and tax benefits resulting from Southampton and London Gateway becoming Freeports.”