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DP World London Gateway, formerly Shell Haven Refinery

Essex, UK

DP World London Gateway

Aerial View of DP World London Gateway, photo credit: DP World

In 1999 and after 80 years of operation, Shell Haven Oil Refinery, located on the north bank of the River Thames, closed. In 2006, the site was purchased by DP World, a marine terminal operator, and was redeveloped as DP World London Gateway, a new major deep-water port that is able to handle the biggest container ships in the world and logistics park. The site sits on the UK’s largest industrial development space, spanning 560 acres.

The company largely focuses on practicing sustainability; London Gateway’s global program, “Our World, Our Future,” brings sustainability and diversity into every aspect of the corporation’s work and workforce. In October 2019, the integrated logistics hub won awards in Supply Chain Engagement and Carbon Reduction categories given by The Planet Mark. According to reports from The Planet Mark, the port reduced its carbon emissions by 24.9% per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit container) from 2017 to 2018.
DP World London Gateway’s development started in 2010, saw partial completion, and opened in November 2013. The port is linked on a weekly basis with 51 countries and over 90 ports throughout the globe. The development of the port brought 12,000 new jobs and will benefit the local and regional economy.