The world’s largest container vessel, the CSCL Globe, called at the UK’s biggest container port Felixtowe for the first time.
The behemoth vessel docked at Felixtowe at 1pm loaded with 19, 000 standard containers.
Measuring 400.0 m in length, 58.6 m in width and 30.5 m in depth, the vessel is as large as four soccer fields.
“The Port of Felixstowe has been our UK port of call since we first began the service 16 years ago. It has grown with us and continues to be the best location from which to serve the crucially important UK market,” said Zhang Zhendong, Managing Director of China Shipping (U.K) Agency Co Ltd.
“We are continuing to expand our facilities and increase the number container cranes to handle these very large ships. Together with the unrivalled skill and experience of our dedicated workforce, this enables us to turn even the biggest container ships around as quickly as possible, providing first class service to our customers,” commented Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe.
The vessel will leave Felixstowe on Friday morning.
The CSCL Globe will call at Rotterdam, Hamburg, Zeebrugge, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian and Port Kelang.
On January 19, the vessel will be back again at Rotterdam Maasvlakte (Euromax Terminal) to be loaded with export cargo for Asia.
CSCL Globe, the first in a series of five same-sized ships ordered by China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), embarked on her maiden voyage from Tianjin Port, China on December 1. The containership made her last port call in Kelang in Malaysia.
On the way back there are calls in Port Klang in Malaysia, Singapore and five large Chinese ports before the Globe returns to Rotterdam again.