Home > Press Articles > London Thamesport
Thursday, 9 Jul 2020
New Service for Thamesport
28th March 2007

Thamesport (London) Limited is pleased to announce that the South Africa Europe Container Service (SAECS) (‘Intermediate’ string) will commence calls at the Medway port from 29th March 2007, with the arrival of the 1,800-TEU 'Sirius'.

The SAECS service is jointly operated by Maersk Line, Safmarine Container Lines N.V., Deutsche Afrika-Linien GmbH & Co. KG (DAL), and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

In order to be able to accommodate the refrigerated cargo that will be a key feature of this service, Thamesport has embarked upon a programme to upgrade its refrigerated handling capacity. New ‘reefer gantries’ will be installed in the automated storage areas at the Port, which will allow containers to be stacked four high, instead of the previous three high. This upgrade will enhance the capacity for ‘live’ refrigerated containers from 360 plug-in points to 440 points. It is expected that the improvements will be completed by May 2007.

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns Thamesport (London) Limited, commented:

“We are extremely pleased to be chosen as the new UK port of call for the ‘Intermediate’ string of the prestigious SAECS service. We are committed to providing our customers with a first-class level of service, and the improvements that we are making to ‘reefer’ facilities, in particular, at Thamesport will help to ensure that we are able to meet the shipping lines’ expectations.”

A total of seven vessels are deployed on the service, each with a capacity of 1,800 TEUs: 'MOL Springbok', 'MOL Drakensberg', 'DAL East London', 'CAP Arnauti', 'Safmarine Memling', 'Safmarine Mbashe' and 'Sirius'.

The service will offer a fixed weekly sailing from Thamesport, with the following port rotation:

East London, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Lisbon, Thamesport, Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Le Havre, Lisbon, Cape Town, East London


Note to Editors:

For further information, or a PHOTOGRAPH, please contact Rachael Jackson, Public Relations Manager, on Tel No: +44 (0)1394 604167, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail jacksonr@hpuk.co.uk www.thamesport.co.uk
Thamesport (TMP) is located in the heart of South East England, 10 miles from the M2 motorway, 35 miles from London. It is one of the UK’s busiest container ports.

TMP is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in 23 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 257 berths in 45 ports, together with a number of transportation-related service companies. With industry-recognised core competence in the effective and efficient management and operation of ports, the HPH Group handled 59.3 million TEU in 2006.
London Thamesport Welcomes A2B Moerdijk Service
London Thamesport has welcomed the announcement of a new short sea container shipping service by A2B-online, the Dutch-based transport company specialising in full load, part load and pallet consignments to and from the United Kingdom, Benelux and Germany
Another new Container Service for London Thamesport
A new short-sea container service has been launched today (29 May 2018) from Hutchison Ports London Thamesport providing even more choice for shippers in the South of England.
MacAndrews switches to London Thamesport
Having moved three of its short sea services from London Container Terminal (Tilbury) to London Thamesport in the Spring of 2013, MacAndrews & Company Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CMA CGM, has confirmed the switch to London Thamesport of its las
London Thamesport Receives First Train Move for Armitt Group
The first train has arrived at Hutchison Ports London Thamesport bringing steel coil for UK shipping agent and logistics company, The Armitt Group. Operated by DB Cargo, this is the first train to use the Group’s fully integrated 120,000 square feet speci
London Thamesport’s Short Sea Role Strengthened by Containerships
Hutchison Ports London Thamesport’s growing reputation as a short-sea container hub has been further enhanced by Helsinki-based Containerships plc’s introduction of a second weekly service from Gdynia, Poland.
London Thamesport Boosts Short Sea Capacity
Dutch-based transport company A2B-online Container B.V. has added a fourth weekly sailing on its service between Hutchison Ports London Thamesport and Moerdijk in The Netherlands. The new sailing is inaugurated today (18 April 2018) by the first call of
Containerships confirms London Thamesport Short Sea Role
London Thamesport’s growing reputation as a short-sea container hub has been enhanced with regular calls by Helsinki-based Containerships Ltd Oy. Containerships chose the Kent port to re-establish a direct service from and to the southern part of the UK