JOB and career opportunities are booming at DP World London Gateway Port.
The port has maintained its position as one of the fastest growing ports in the world after handling 35 per cent more containers in 2018 than in the previous year.
One of the UK’s largest privately funded infrastructure projects, more than £1.5 billion has been invested into a deep-sea container terminal currently able to handle over two million 20 foot containers each year.
And in October 2018, just a month before its fifth anniversary, the port handled one million of these containers in a year for the first time.
“We have seen strong growth in our first five years of operations,”says Andrew Bowen, the Port Operations Director.
There are 24 services a week calling at the port now, linking the River Thames and its surrounding UK markets to more than 115 ports in more than 60 different countries.
“As a team, we are ensuring that Thurrock is the UK’s most reliable and most productive gateway, handling millions of tonnes of the goods that we consume online, on the high street and in supermarkets every year.”
DP World, a Dubai-based trade and logistics company, now employs 500 people at the site. Contractors looking after security, catering and additional stevedoring staff at the port offer an additional 250 roles between them.
Further thousand jobs
The start of operations by UPS, Dixons Carphone, Lidl and SH Pratt Group within new distribution centres on the facility’s Logistics Park has created a further 1,000 jobs.
Turn the clock back eight years, and there was a team of less than 10 overseeing the transformation of a site, once home to the Shell Haven oil refinery, into a port that uses robots to load containers onto and off of trucks.
Its 12 quay cranes, which at their highest point stand at 138m tall – the same size as the London Eye -“ will eventually be joined by another 12 as the port’s growth continues.
“Some of the biggest ships in the world are calling here on a weekly basis now which has always been the key target,” Mr Bowen adds. “But there’s more for us to do. We want to continue to grow, to add value to the UK economy and continue to offer new opportunities for local people and businesses.”
In just a few months, a sixth facility will open on the Logistics Park, a base for logistics operations being offered by French shipping line CMA CGM, a key user of the port.
Mr Bowen said: “We’ve seen a real pick up in interest in the Logistics Park. We are in very advanced negotiations with three new occupiers and, in line with demand, are about to start work on a new 231,000 sq ft warehouse.
“London gateway has the infrastructure and flexibility here to offer smart trade and logistics solutions in a post-Brexit world – no matter where goods are coming from in the world and regardless of what needs to happen to them as they arrive or leave.
“We understand the concerns brought about by the current uncertainty and volatility, but we remain excited about the future – especially in this prospering corner of Thurrock.”