close
close

New cranes increase rail capacity by 50% at DP World London Gateway

New cranes increase rail capacity by 50% at DP World London Gateway

London, UK, July 2, 2024: DP World has welcomed the arrival of two new Rail-Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes for its London Gateway rail terminal, which will increase rail capacity at the logistics hub by 50 per cent. The new cranes will enter service in mid-August and will help meet growing customer demand for greater rail connections and more sustainable supply chain solutions.

The new cranes will also increase the terminal’s box handling capacity by 75 per cent, enabling more cargo to be moved to and from the terminal by rail, reducing congestion on local roads, removing carbon emissions from the supply chain and helping customers remain competitive. The new capacity is part of DP World’s wider commitment to increasing freight movement by rail, which has been supported by the direct London Gateway-Southampton rail service and the trial of the Southampton Modal Shift Programme, which has increased the share of rail freight at the hub to 30 per cent from September 2023.

Ahsan Agha, Vice President Port Operations, DP World London Gateway, said: “Customers choose us for our assets, our capabilities and the quality of our customer service. The expansion of capacity at London Gateway rail terminal is testament to this service, with increased rail journeys between London Gateway and our UK rail network connections ensuring our customers remain competitive whilst reducing their carbon emissions to meet their key sustainability goals.”

“Following disruption to supply routes in recent years, shipping lines and cargo owners are constantly seeking new capacity and sustainable solutions, and we are delighted that the increased rail capacity at London Gateway will help us deliver on both fronts.”

The £12 million RMG cranes weigh approximately 480 tonnes with a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes. Delivered by manufacturing giant ZPMC, the RMG cranes are equipped with the latest control system and software that will significantly increase operational efficiency and safety at London Gateway.

The arrival of the RMG cranes comes ahead of the launch of London Gateway’s new £350 million fourth berth later this year, which will be the first all-electric berth at a port anywhere in the world. Once opened, the RMG cranes will operate and handle cargo from the new fourth berth.

In addition to its hubs in Southampton and London Gateway, DP World’s offering includes European logistics, forwarding and transportation capabilities, all of which are being integrated into the company’s global network. Operating in 78 countries, DP World handles 10 percent of the world’s trade.