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New container terminal welcomed by logistics industry

By: Ashley Curtis
07 October 2011

The new Felixstowe South Terminal - which will be home to a new deepwater terminal - has been welcomed with open arms by the logistics industry. reports the new project will comprise two berths - eight and nine - and its owner, Hutchison Ports UK, has made the bold claim of stating it will be the "only facility in the country capable of handle the latest generation of containerships, which have capacities of up to 18,000teu."

At the moment, Felixstowe handles more than 40 per cent of the UK's container cargo, with an absolutely vast amount - £60 billion - of import and exports passing through the port each year.

The expansion could add an extra £20 billion to the existing figure - cites - as well as increase the amount of logistics work available; making Felixstowe one of the most important logistical infrastructures in the country.

Steve Walker, chairman of supply chain solutions provider SBS Worldwide, commented on the project: "This development is of national importance. Losing deep-sea calls would mean transferring cargo at other ports - this extra handling not only increases prices and extends transit times but also adds risk into the supply chain.

"It is essential that the country as a whole manages to maintain deep-sea calls, and with container ships getting bigger, any country that doesn't keep pace with vessel developments risks becoming a feeder only destination," he adds.

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