In January 2016 DP World London Gateway Port welcomed one of the world’s largest container ships carrying a recorded 18,601 TEU. The UASC owned Al Muraykh chose to call at DP World London Gateway to unload 3800 containers. The ship is one of the largest in the world measuring 400 metres in length. The containers are loaded 11 storeys high above deck and 23 containers across the ship. With thousands more stowed below deck, the ship can carry up to 18,800 containers. The ship left Malaysia’s Port Klang carrying the most ever shipping containers on board a vessel.
Many of the goods being unloaded were on the high streets of the UK for the January sales. The vessel’s ability to transport large volumes of containers to the UK means the average CO2 output dropped 60 per cent less than normal, making the transportation of goods more sustainable. DP World London Gateway Hub is located closer to key population centres reducing time and costs in UK supply chains.
Mr. Waleed Al Dawood, Chief Operating Officer at UASC commented: “The UK is a key market for us and our customers there, like all our customers globally, are increasingly looking for sustainable, green transport solutions. The technology on board Al Muraykh and her sister vessels allow us to provide these solutions and help our customers achieve their own environmental targets.”