CMA CGM adds a new range of services to better serve its customers by developing a state-of-the-art coldstore at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park
CMA CGM, a world leader in maritime transport, is to take a long-term lease and invest in a build-to-suit, multi-temperature warehouse facility at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park.
The CMA CGM Group will occupy, through its international freight forwarding and logistics solutions subsidiary, a one hectare cold store facility within a 2.4 hectare logistics plot development on the River Thames and located close to main road access into the London area.
This state-of-the-art facility, fitted with IT traceability and management systems, represents a major milestone for the CMA CGM Group’s strategy to develop a global range of products in maritime transportation but also in inland solutions and logistics.
With this unique cold store, the Group will not only feature chilled and frozen chambers to handle a large variety of temperature-controlled products but it will also offer customers a wide range of added value services such as, product quality controls, packing, sorting, labelling, palletisation or bagging. It will also offer customs clearance, shunting (transfer from the quay to the warehouse) and delivery transportation (last-mile delivery).
The new cold store will be a real logistical platform gathering several types of work and expertise in a single place for a more efficient and reliable customer experience.
This is also a significant step up in our partnership with DP World, showing that ports, shipping lines, logistics companies and industrial zones can work collaboratively to deliver value for cargo owners shipping into and out of the UK
Alexis Michel, Senior Vice President Inland Activities, CMA CGM Group
Work will start later this year, and the facility will become operational in early summer of 2019.
The CMA CGM Group, the world’s second largest carrier of reefer containers, is currently bringing cargo through DP World London Gateway Port on seven services. This includes large numbers of refrigerated containers arriving from the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, India and South America.
In the last two months, CMA CGM has consolidated much of its UK-bound temperature-controlled cargo, originating in the Southern Hemisphere, to come through DP World London Gateway Port.
The CMA CGM and DP World teams after the agreement for lease is signed at a ceremony in London
This development and growth of CMA CGM’s reefer volumes ties in with DP World London Gateway’s ability to deliver time and cost savings, as well as reduce waste and carbon use through a one-stop-shop logistics solution that will increase product speed-to-market and reduce haulier mileage.
The group is already bringing a significant amount of cargo through the port and this is an exciting next step in the product and service CMA CGM can offer its customers. We’re proud to have worked with such a key customer on a project which will without doubt increase supply chain efficiencies and add value.
Chris Lewis, CEO, DP World UK
The port, which is among the fastest growing in the world, is handling large numbers of refrigerated containers arriving from all over the world. It uses more than 1600 ‘reefer’ points, a weather-resilient, automated container stacking system, custom-built inspection facilities and a service for shunting containers between the port and its neighbouring Logistics Park.
Alexis Michel, CMA CGM Group Senior Vice President Inland Activities, said: “This is an important step forward for CMA CGM and we’re looking forward to adding even greater value to the operations of our customers through the development of this facility.
“Drawing on the logistics expertise that exists within the CMA CGM Group, we’ll be able to offer our customers a unique range of value added services and make sure their goods receive the best care all along their journey with CMA CGM and until they reach their final destination.
“This is also a significant step up in our partnership with DP World, showing that ports, shipping lines, logistics companies and industrial zones can work collaboratively to deliver value for cargo owners shipping into and out of the UK.
“With the construction of this facility, CMA CGM reaffirms its commitment to its customers by placing their needs at the centre of the Group’s development.”
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, DP World UK, said: “We’re delighted that the CMA CGM Group is establishing a temperature-controlled warehouse & logistics services on DP World London Gateway’s Logistics Park.
“The group is already bringing a significant amount of cargo through the port and this is an exciting next step in the product and service CMA CGM can offer its customers. We’re proud to have worked with such a key customer on a project which will without doubt increase supply chain efficiencies and add value.
“Our combination of a reliable, efficient port, with its international rail terminal and Authorised Economic Operator status – all plugged into a network which links more than 100 ports in 60 countries all over the world – on the same site as a flexible, scalable Logistics Park, enables logistics providers to bring different parts of the supply chain into one location; a location which sits just 25 miles from Central London, the largest consumer market in Western Europe.”
Five people, including four port workers and port paramedic, died on board of aggregates carrier SUMIEI, docked at Banjarmasin port, south Kalimantan, at night Feb 24. The ship was loaded with palm kernel, dockers went into hold shortly after hatches were open, notwithstanding crew warning, that the holds are to be ventilated for some hours. All five were taken to hospital with hypoxia, all were found dead. Police launched an investigation, suspecting negligence, which led to tragic accident.
Palm kernel cargo hazards include oxygen depletion: Oxygen depletion and high carbon monoxide levels present a serious risk to the safety of the crew and/or any stevedores entering the cargo spaces. It is necessary to undertake extensive ventilation and gas monitoring to ensure safe working conditions prior to entering the cargo spaces or accesses. GARD: http://www.gard.no/web/updates/content/22544999/carriage-of-palm-kernel-shells
Aggregates carrier SUMIEI, IMO 8718689, dwt 1196, built 1987, flag Indonesia, manager Indo Shipping PT, Jakarta.
My name is Nikolay Torkin, I’m Merchant Marine Master, presently in command of feeder container ship trading in South East Asia. My family lives in Prague, Czech Republic. Mikhail provides me with daily accidents reports, I send him information with regards to accidents and container ships.
With great regret, we relate the news of multiple fatalities aboard the Indonesian flagged M/V SUMIEI yesterday at the Indonesian Port of Martapura Baru. While the attached Google Translate version of the original story is imperfect, it conveys the story well enough.
In what appears to be the claiming of five lives (four longshoremen and one paramedic) by an oxygen deficient atmosphere within a ship's hold laden with a cargo of palm kernels, we are reminded, once again, about the dangers associated with entry into untested, but potentially dangerous, enclosed spaces.
Other reports coming to Blueoceana Company buttress the position that crew members aboard M/V SUMIEI had warned the dockworkers to wait until the recently opened hold had been ventilated before commencing their work. It seems apparent that someone else had other priorities.