Port terminal operator DP World is investing GBP40 million (USD55.3 million) in its Southampton container terminal in the UK to meet growing customer demand over the next decade.

DP World Southampton, which was recently awarded freeport status, said that the infrastructure investment programme is designed to “take it up to the next level as a premier international freight and logistics hub.”

GBP3 million (USD4.2 million) will be invested in the redevelopment of the yard for the storage and delivery of customer’s empty containers. This will increase capacity by 25 percent, DP World said.

DP World, in partnership with Associated British Ports (ABP), has already dredged and widened berths to accommodate bigger ships as part of the investment programme.

The investment will also see an extension of a quay crane rail by 120 m, a new Border Control Post (BCP), and the addition of 11 hybrid straddle carriers.