Southampton, Britain's second-largest container terminal, will benefit from a significant investment programme from DP World in 2021 designed to take it up to the next level as a premier international freight and logistics hub.
DP World Southampton is part of DP World, a leading global provider of smart logistics, and one of its two UK deepwater ports with freight rail terminals awarded Freeport status by the Government last month. The new infrastructure investment totalling GBP40m is designed to provide customers with speed, security, reliability and flexibility and will include:
- The dredging and widening of the berths to ensure that DP World Southampton will continue to accommodate the world's biggest ships. This project, conducted in partnership with Associated British Ports, was completed before Easter and will improve customers' flexibility with immediate effect.
- A GBP10m 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 GBP3m investment in the yard's redevelopment 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 GBP1.5m extension of a quay crane rail by 120 metres to ensure that the world's biggest cranes can service all berths at the terminal. Additionally, other quay cranes will be relocated or decommissioned to maximise utilisation, speed up quayside loading and unloading, and save customers' 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 GBP40m 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."