GB£40m UK terminal investment – Port Strategy

DP World is investing GBGBP40m in DP World Southampton. Photo: DP World

GBGBP40m will be invested into a UK container terminal to provide customers with speed, security, reliability and flexibility. DP World’s GBGBP40m programme of investment at the DP World Southampton container terminal at the ABP-owned Port of Southampton includes the dredging and widening of the berths to ensure that DP World Southampton will be able to continue to accommodate the world’s biggest ships.

This project, which was conducted in partnership with ABP, was completed before Easter and will improve flexibility for customers with immediate effect. 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 per cent also has the highest proportion of its containers moved by rail. “At DP World we think ahead to create smarter trade solutions and this GBP40m programme of investment will ensure that our Southampton terminal continues to grow as a major freight and logistics hub.”

Scope of programme The investment programme also includes a GBGBP10m 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.

A planned GBGBP3m 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.

A GBGBP1.5m extension of a quay crane rail by 120m to ensure that the world’s biggest cranes can service all berths at the terminal.

Additionally, other quay cranes will be relocated or decommissioned in order to maximise utilisation, speed up quayside loading and unloading, and save customers’ time.