Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping line, has switched the UK call of its Samba service from Tilbury to DP World London Gateway Port. The first call on the service will be made by the Maersk Lanco on 21 March.

The rotation of the service includes calls at Santos, Paranagua, Itajal, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Santos, Pecem, Algeciras, Rotterdam, DP World London Gateway Port, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Algeciras and Santos.

DP World London Gateway’s ability to handle and inspect high volumes of refrigerated containers has contributed to Maersk Line shifting the UK port of call on this service.

Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said: ‘It is very pleasing that Maersk Line’s alterations to its Samba service will now see it call at DP World London Gateway Port. Maersk Line’s South Africa Europe Container Service has been calling here since 2013 and there are very clear advantages available to Maersk’s customers by calling at the UK’s newest, most advanced deep-sea port.’

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