Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Water 2009-UK-00026-E

Thames Estuary dredge and reclamation works to support the integrated multi modal London Gateway port and logistics development


The London Gateway (LG) global project is a Category A container port and integrated on-site multimodal distribution centre development in the Thames Gateway Regeneration Area. The port is needed due to increasing UK demand for container freight and the new Ultra Large Container Carriers (ULCCs).


The Action comprises the majority of the dredging that is required to provide deep-water access for the safe navigation of deep draft container ships to London Gateway Port and a deep-water manoeuvring and berthing area at London Gateway itself.


The main dredging will result in increasing the depth of parts of the existing Yantlet channel from 10.5 to 13.75 metres, thus allowing deeper draft vessels to transit the channel. Additionally the berth depth in front of the terminal (the berthing) will be dredged to 17 metres. The estimated amount of material to be dredged is 14 million cubic metres. The final amount will be verified upon completion of baseline hydrographical surveys. Dredge material will be used to reclaim the land for the port and the foundations of the rail interlink.



This project has been completed.




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Works: 10%


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Member States involved:

United Kingdom


Implementation schedule:

Start date: August 2009

End date: December 2012


Beneficiary & Implementing body:

 London Gateway Port Ltd


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE


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