The port of Southampton has received a port call from the first Maersk Line vessel in five years.
The Susan Maersk arrived at the port on Tuesday, February, 17th as part of the container shipping company’s new East West Network, the global shipping service that connects Europe, North America and Asia, Maersk said.
The vessel, 347 metres long and capable of carrying over 10,000 twenty foot containers, is calling in Southampton as part of a voyage that saw her leave Ningbo in China on 17th January.
After discharging cargo, she resumes her coyage to Le Havre, Antwerp and Felixstowe before heading back out to the Far East.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer businesses in the South West of the UK an alternative mainline port. Our new network provides our UK customers with more services to and from the markets that matter in the Far East and having a call in Southampton offers flexibility to local businesses,” says Brian Godsafe, managing director of Maersk Line UK and Ireland.
Maersk said that the new call has been designed to service businesses based in the South West of the UK. However, Felixstowe will continue to be the major focus for customers based in the rest of the UK.
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