DP World London Gateway has announced plans to move forward with a third berth at the UK’s new deep-sea hub port, located 25 miles from central London.

The announcement came as Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin , visited the state-of-the-art port with local MPs.

The Berth Three announcement will enable the use of an additional 400 metres of quay length with a dredged depth of 17 metres alongside. DP World London Gateway port can easily handle the largest container ships and has developed innovative technology to ensure the port remains open in bad weather.

Contracts have been awarded for civil and electrical works and four new quay cranes have been ordered. The third berth is planned to be operational in the second half of 2016.

The location of the DP World London Gateway Port, which has 16 million consumers within 50 miles, enables imports to enter the UK closer to where the goods will be consumed.

Mr McLoughlin said: “The continued expansion of London Gateway Port proves Britain is a country where companies want to invest.

“The new third berth announced today will create many new jobs and is a signal that the UK maritime sector is continuing to grow. The maritime sector directly contributes £14 billion to our economy every year and supports more than a million jobs.‎

“Having visited the port I have seen for myself what a fantastic piece of infrastructure it is and the opportunity that exists for even further growth and expansion at this site.

DP World Vice Chairman, Jamal Majid Bin-Thaniah, said: “Since opening, DP World London Gateway has continued to attract more shipping line services and we remain committed to increasing speed and efficiency in supply chains. ”

Story dated February 10th 2015