Britain’s Port of Felixstowe will now be able to accommodate two of the world’s largest containerships simultaneously with the latest extension of Berth 9, which has been officially put in operation today.
This 190-metre extension increases significant capability of the port which has already handled more than eighty ships of 18,000+TEU in 2015.
The quay length of the port’s newest terminal is now 920 metres, and the total quay length in the port nearly 4,000 metres.
Dr Therese Coffey MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, who officially opened the extension, said:
“Felixstowe was the first port in the UK to handle these vessels and this latest development will help ensure UK exports reach overseas markets in the most efficient way possible.”
Coffey added that with the increasing proportion of UK trade moving on containerships the ports are in need of such facilities.
Port of Felixstowe has acquired three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes to work on the extended terminal. The cranes are capable of working vessels with containers stacked 10-high, and 24-wide, on deck. There are now 10 cranes on Berths 8 and 9 and 36 in the port as a whole.
“The Berth 9 Extension represents the latest phase of development at the Port of Felixstowe. Our programme of continued investment has ensured that the UK remains a destination for direct calls by the latest generation of mega-ships,” Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of HPH Europe division, said.
The Port of Felixstowe is the largest container port in the UK, handling 44% of all UK container traffic.