Dawn of the super-ports? Mammoth ships force ports to adapt

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London Gateway is a new deep water container port on the Thames Estuary near London

The giant facility will be able to cater for the world's largest ships

Many existing ports are being forced to adapt their facilities to cope with the ever increasing size of container ships

CNN  — 

On the northern banks of the Thames Estuary outside London, a soft tide laps against the perimeter of Britain’s latest multi-billion dollar development project.

Situated just 25 miles downriver from the ornate splendor of the Houses of Parliament and the suave sophistication of the Shard Tower, the DP World London Gateway is a new deep-sea container port that will welcome its first vessel at the beginning of November.

The 995 acre site has taken more than three years to construct, carries a price tag of £1.5 billion ($2.4 billion) and has the advanced technological capabilities to host the ever increasing heft of the world’s biggest ships.