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Video: Felixstowe's new competitor picks up the pace

London Gateway, the UK's newest container port and Felixstowe's major new competitor, is picking up the pace with quay container crane and straddle carrier deliveries due in during next week.

The new port is scheduled to open in the 4th quarter of 2013, but the word is that it may be open to traffic earlier . .


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Zaax D
Welcome to the London Orbital car park called the M25. I wonder if the tail back from the M25 will go as far as the port gates. And all the rail freight has to go on the already congested Norwich to London
Marc T inactive
Hmm ... looks like they're out to compete, regardless of the human cost.  

Tim S inactive
What has the human cost got to do with anything, from the corporate viewpoint?

This is just two companies the size of smaller sovereign states, who between them control hundreds of berths in dozens of ports around the world. This particular conflict merely gives them a chance to flex their muscles against each other , bearing in mind the fact that if they can convince just one or two shipping lines to swop their allegiance from HPUK (Felixstowe's owner, Hutchgison Ports0 toward DP World (owned by Dubai's oil money), they'll probably be able to shift the same lines to their own ports in their global competition.

Although I was just reading that one of the big Scandinavian shipping banks say the industry may pick up next year, the fact is that liner activity is low - no-one is starting new services or adding ships and ports to exisiting rotations, so at the end of the day, the UK's big three container ports - Felixstowe, Southampton and the "new kid on the block" will be fighting tooth and nail for ship calls from day one.

I've already got one very strong rumour burning a hole in my desk, but who knows who'll change ports . .
Marc T inactive
One of the problems for large corporations who ignore the human cost when generating revenue, is that they end up with a serious problem in the long term.  

As I understand it, most trans-nationals are starting to focus on staff retention these days (the so-called Human Potential projects).  Those who ignore this sea-change in company/staff relationships are going to struggle to remain competitive without loyal staff ...
Tim S inactive
I think this is only true down to a certain level - where staff become essentially human-shaped machines for doing stuff, that ethos very quickly vanishes. Retaining genuine talent is certainly higher than before on many business agendas, but finding willing bodies to do physical work, or mindless repeating paperwork at the required level of ability isn't hard.
Felixstowe Docker inactive

Lots of jobs promised............12.000 plus. Check this comment out in 2 years time NO CHANCE.

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