12 November 2013
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 last remaining service, from Tilbury.
The 750 TEU Canopus J operating on the Bilbao – UK service of MacAndrews made its first scheduled call at London Thamesport on Sunday 10 November.
Commenting on the move, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of London Thamesport, said:
“We welcome MacAndrew's decision to switch all its calls from Tilbury to London Thamesport. The choice of London Thamesport by MacAndrews for all their South East calls reflects the high level of customer service we provide and our relentless efforts to provide a highly efficient, individual service to our customers.
“We have proven over the last few months our ability to adapt to a changing environment quickly and deliver the levels of service MacAndrews quite rightly demand, and we look forward to building on this new line of service and delivering the products to the market.”
Geoffrey Smith, Managing Director of MacAndrews & Company Limited, added:
“We have decided to consolidate all four of our weekly multimodal services at London Thamesport following the excellent berth productivity and minimal truck turnaround times given by the port over the last 6 months.
“Port operations are an important link in our multi modal door to door supply chain to our customers and our services from Iberia, Scandinavia and the Baltic require fast and efficient operations to provide customers with their products in the minimum transit time and that is something London Thamesport can guarantee.”
London Thamesport is one of the UK’s leading ports. Situated just 35 miles from London, it boasts a depth of 15 metres of water alongside, 655 metres of quay providing 2 operational berths equipped with 8 ship-to-shore gantry cranes, allowing high intensity operations and excellent operational performance.
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London Thamesport (LTP) 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. LTP is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator. The HPH network of port operations comprises 319 berths in 52 ports, spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, HPH has expanded internationally into other logistics, transportation-related and hotel businesses. These include cruise ship terminals, airport and hotel operations, distribution centres, rail services, and ship repair facilities. In 2012, the HPH port network handled a combined throughput of 76.8 million TEU worldwide.