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Felixstowe opens new deep water terminal

By: David Howells
29 September 2011

Around 1,500 new jobs look set to be created with the opening of Felixstowe's deep water terminal.

The new Felixstowe terminal, which already handles 90 per cent of trade in the UK, has been built with two new berths that are capable of handling the largest container ships currently in production, BBC News reports.

Whilst the first of these ships will not be arriving until 2013, when they do they will be capable of carrying loads of around 18,000 containers. Previous ships were only capable of carrying 15,000. To load the cargo, Felixstowe Port has also purchased seven of the world's largest container cranes at a cool £6 million each.

The terminal is set to create hundreds of new driving jobs, worked out at around 680 workers directly employed at the port, with an expansion of 820 at all of its suppliers.

Speaking to of the development, director general of the Confederation of British Industry John Cridland explained: "The expansion of Felixstowe further confirms the strategic importance of the port for British business.

"During the last decade many exporters concentrated on the European market. However, economic growth has slowed considerably, while growth in East Asia has accelerated. It is therefore essential that the UK is able to export and import goods on a global basis and the expansion at Felixstowe will be a key asset in achieving this."

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