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Felixstowe greets Asian super-container

By: Chris Taylor
22 February 2011

The Port of Felixstowe has completed tests on their deep-water container terminal, Births 8&9, when the 14,100 TEU CSCL Star birthed on Friday 18 February.

The CSCL Star - owned by Samsung Heavy Industries - broke records earlier this year when it was officially became the largest container-ship in the world.

The Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. Being able to accommodate such large containers is crucial to it's future development within logistics work. Larger ships coming into and out of British ports could see increased produce moved around the UK, providing extra work for those in logistics jobs.

Industry magazine, Ship2Shore, explains that the cranes used in the construction of the terminal are the biggest of their type in the world: Each crane weighs approximately 2,000 tonnes and is capable of lifting two containers simultaneously up to a total of 70 tonnes. They were delivered from China's Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) of Shanghai, fully standing.

Speaking to Logistics Manager, Hutchison Ports chief David Gledhill said: ''There is an increasing trend towards ultra-large container vessels on many services operating between the Far East and Europe and it is essential the UK has the right facilities to accommodate these ships.''

''Berths 8&9 will give us that capability and, allied to the unrivalled distribution options available from Felixstowe, will consolidate our position as the UK’s number one port.''

Gledhill added: ''It was only a few years ago that we saw the first 10,000 TEU ship enter service but within the next few years there will be over 100 of these massive ships on the major trade routes."

The CSCL Star is travelling on its AEX1 Service rotation of: Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Port of Felixstowe, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The vessel has a length of 366 metres, and a width of 51.2 metres, or 20 rows of containers across the deck. It has a gross tonnage of 150,853, and a draught of 14.5 metres.

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