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Secretary of State for Transport says DPD’s new Docklands eco-sortation centre will “support important industry that contributes billions to economy”

Last week, parcel delivery company DPD officially unveiled its new £40m eco-regional sortation centre in Bromley-by-Bow that will enable the firm to deliver up to 80,000 ‘green' parcels into London each day. 

When fully operational early in early 2024, the new facility, which is the size of 8.5 football pitches, will create 650 new jobs and mean that DPD's delivery service within London's north and south circular area will be all-electric, with 500 EVs and all HGVs powered by HVO.   

Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Mark Harper MP, who performed the opening ceremony, said that the new, diesel-free London hub “will speed up delivery times, create new jobs and support an important industry that contributes billions to our economy.” 

In addition to the parcel delivery operation, this innovative new site’s 430-metre-long, state-of-the-art conveyor system will automatically sort all intra-London parcels for next-day delivery on site, instead of them being trunked to the Midlands and back for sorting.    

As part of being a diesel-free operation, the site has solar panels on the parking canopy to help charge the 500 electric delivery vans and a 40,000 litre HVO tank to enable the fleet of LGVs and 7.5 tonne trucks to fill up with the renewable biofuel.   

The plan also includes the installation of solar panels on the main roof in the new year, which could generate up to one million kwh per annum to help power the entire building.  

"This represents a major milestone in our green journey,” said Elaine Kerr, DPD UK CEO. “We opened the UK's first all-electric parcel delivery depot in Westminster almost exactly five years ago. Now Docklands demonstrates what is possible, on a much bigger scale.   

“But this is far from the end. We are constantly looking for new and smarter solutions, as we demonstrated earlier this year with the roll-out of autonomous robot deliveries [link to our news story], and we will continue investing in green innovation to accelerate our decarbonisation pathway."  

Docklands will also see DPD achieve its pledge to deliver to 30 of the largest towns and cities in the UK with zero and low-emission final mile delivery vehicles.  


Published On: 16/11/2023 16:00:00


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Ongoing cyber attack targeting major ports in Australia

DP World, responsible for 40 per cent of Australia’s maritime freight, had to shut down four ports at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle on 11 November after detecting a cyber security incident last Friday night. 

“The government is coordinating the response to this incident, with the National Coordination Mechanism to meet shortly,” said Australian Home Minster, Clare O’Neil. 

DP World Australia said it had “restricted landside access to our Australian port operations” during the ongoing investigation. 

“Our teams are working diligently to contain the situation and determine the impact on our systems and data,” it said in a statement to the Australian Financial Review. 

“This is part of a comprehensive response which includes engaging with cyber security experts, actively investigating the incident and notifying the relevant authorities.” 

The restrictions imposed by DP World meant ships were unable to unload freight and freight was also barred from leaving the port site. 

The Australian Federal Police have opened an investigation. 

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