Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Deep Water Container Port London Gateway Signs up Chassis Hire and Trailer Maintenance Group

Thames Side Logistics Facility Adds Road Haulage String to its Bow
Shipping News Feature
UK – The expansion of services available at DP World’s Thames side port of London Gateway continues to expand with the news that Hireco, the largest chassis leasing company and the largest buyer of articulated trailers in the country, is to set up services at the deep water container port and logistics facility. Hireco, which offers contract hire and maintenance specialist for the road haulage industry will initially provide facilities for hauliers using the Port and Logistics Park, with onsite ancillary services for their fleets.

The new facility is strategically situated for access to both the port and key routes and incorporates accessible parking and discussions are under way with a view to expanding onsite services, with hopes of developing three acres to offer chassis hire, vehicle engineering facilities, MOT testing services, parts sales and refrigeration engineering. James Smith, Managing Director, Hireco, said:

“We’re delighted to be expanding our business at DP World London Gateway. The Port and Logistics Park are thriving, warehouse development and lettings close to the port are increasing. This is the future of port-centric distribution, and the opportunity for Hireco to be based at DP World London Gateway is one we are keen to capitalise on. DP World London Gateway is 25 miles from Central London and within easy reach of a huge part of the UK’s population. The road networks are excellent and we certainly feel that even non-port users will eventually find their way to the area.

“The chassis leasing side of our business became operational on site from July 1st, 2016 but for the future, Hireco is aiming to provide its customers with a complete ‘one-stop shop’. This will include tyre replacement and maintenance, fridge services, maintenance and repairs, truck and trailer hire and fast-moving replacement parts. Our aim is to keep users of the port moving, so maximising up-time will be key. Our clients won’t have to travel unnecessary mileage to keep their assets operational and legal. This will therefore be a huge cost saving and benefit for all port users.”

Andy Browning, Supply Chain Manager at DP World London Gateway commented that the partnership with Hireco was important as it added to the essential services which the port needed to offer as traffic continues to increase and the development of this, the latest deep water container facility in the UK, prompted Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director, DP World London Gateway, to say:

“UPS is progressing nicely on work to develop a 35,000m², state of the art parcel sorting hub and we have assumed control of the DP World London Gateway Logistics Centre after an extremely successful first year of operations there. Coupled with a highly reliable, efficient and state of the art deep sea port, which has an additional berth coming on stream later this year, the development of this world-class, integrated logistics hub in a premier location is really taking shape.”