Maersk bolsters warehousing capabilities in UK and Ireland

A.P. Moller Maersk (Maersk) has signed leases for three new low-emissions distribution centres in Doncaster and Dublin. The first lease comprises a 15-year lease for a new warehouse in Doncaster with multimodal connections - including road, rail, and air.

The facility is one the largest in the UK with more than 600,000 square feet of total space, 60 dock levellers, 20 metres of internal clearance height as well as several hundred parking spaces and offices. It also ranks among the most sustainable logistics buildings in the North of England, according to Maersk. The developer GLP has reportedly built the facility on a net zero carbon scheme for construction.

In addition to the warehouse in Doncaster, Maersk's portfolio comprises two other distribution centres in the UK, in Tamworth and Kettering respectively. READ: Maersk completes divestment of shares in Global Ports In Ireland, Maersk has signed a lease for renting two new warehouses in the Quantum Logistics Park in the north of Dublin.

The units 3 and 4 within Quantum Logistics Park will feature a combined space of 250,000 square feet and will be built to fulfil sustainability standards of LEED Gold and BREEAM Excellent ratings. Maersk announced that the developer, IPUT Real Estate, will complete the two warehouses in Q4 2022 and Q2 2023, while unit 4 will also become Ireland's first net zero logistics building using a glue-laminated timber structural frame. "These three new warehouses in the UK and Ireland are a strong statement that we are ready to deliver on our integrator promise to our customers and serve them with end-to-end logistics solutions from factory to their end-consumers if they wish," said Gary Jeffreys, Area Managing Director UK & Ireland.

"The demand for integrated and thus more resilient supply chains has grown significantly over the past two years. "The disruptions of Brexit and the pandemic moved the logistics from a commodity level to a C-level topic - where it actually belongs." Maersk currently offers integrated logistics solutions in more than 550 warehouses with a total global space of around 9.5 million square metres.

Just recently, the Danish carrier inaugurated two new warehouses in India.

The new warehouses - at Farrukhnagar, Harayana and Dadri, Uttar Pradesh - take Maersk's total warehousing footprint to 3.3 million square feet spread across more than 20 facilities in India.