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Work begins on the new deep sea port London Gateway

The work will allow the world's largest container ships to reach the city

Work has started on London Gateway, the new deep sea port in Essex on the Thames Estuary.

Dredgers have begun creating a huge channel which will allow the biggest ships in the world to reach London.

It will be the first deep water port for Europe in 25 years but there are concerns for marine life.

"The estuary itself is an important breeding ground for a whole host of different marine fish," said David Knapp, Southend Sealife curator.

"There's massive cockle beds just down the river from us.

"There's the potential for the sediment to wash down the river, and if not suffocate the beds entirely then the contents, heavy metals could accumulate in the cockles and poison them," he added.

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