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New container port opens for business

The giant cranes have been built on land reclaimed from the Thames Credit: ITV

A new deep water container port on the banks of the River Thames in Essex will officially open today.

The London Gateway at Thurrock will be able to handle some of the largest ships in the world.

Containers will be transported to and from the port by road and rail Credit: ITV

It will also have the biggest logistics park in Europe where containers will be stored and loaded.

The new port will be in direct competition with Felixstowe in Suffolk which is the UK's largest container port.