The Dubai-headquartered global terminal operator unveiled the service – combining the existing CMA CGM NEMO (North European Mediterranean Oceania) and Hapag Lloyd’s EAX (Europe, Australia Express) services – Tuesday.
In addition to port calls at four Australian cities, the service will provide London Gateway with more direct links between Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Malta and Italy.
The full NEMO/EAX service loop into the UK from Australia comprises Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide (Australia), Singapore, Port Klang (Malaysia), Chennai (India), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Cochin (India), Damietta (Egypt), Malta, Salerno (Italy) and London Gateway. Outbound from the UK the loop calls at Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Hamburg, Le Havre, Fos Sur Mer (France), Genoa (Italy), Damietta, Pointe Des Galets (Reunion) and Fremantle.
In addition to becoming the only UK port to provide direct services to Australia, the new service is poised to enhance London Gateway’s connection to the Mediterranean and open up new markets for customers at the DP World port and adjacent logistics park, James Leeson, the port’s commercial chief said.
“We’re delighted to add the NEMO/EAX service to our portfolio,” Leeson said.
“This is testament to the excellent service the port is offering. Unmatched weather reliability, consistent truck turnaround times, high ship-side productivity and superb customer service are all combining to provide customers with a reliable, safe and fast service.”
Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway combines a deep-sea port and logistics park with consent for more than 9 million sq ft of industrial and logistics space.
“DP World London Gateway has good access to road and rail connections along with quick and reliable truck turnaround times, so we are confident this service will be providing operational efficiencies from the start,” said Cameron Bowie, UK md at Hapag Lloyd.
CMA CGM’s 5,782 teu Rossini is the first vessel scheduled to call at DP World London Gateway on the service in January, the French container line’s UK ceo Rob Waterman has confirmed.
“CMA CGM has been constantly innovating to offer its clients new sea, land and logistics solutions in the UK and worldwide. The collaboration with DP World London Gateway Port will give our customers excellent service levels and we are pleased to offer this new port of call,” Waterman said.