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Action, not words in Felixstowe

[ February 17, 2014   //   ]

The Port of Felixstowe has received Marine Management Organisation (MMO) consent for the extension of its newest container terminal at Berths 8 and 9, designed for the next generation of mega vessels.

Clemence Cheng, chief executive officer of Felixstowe’s owner, HPUK, said: “We opened Berths 8&9 in November 2011 and this new extension will allow us to offer more berth-windows and greater flexibility to our customers. This is an important investment as it will increase our ability to berth a greater number of the very largest container vessels in the future.”

While much atgtention has been focused on the new London Gateway port, Felixstowe, points out that it is the only port in the UK to have actually handled 18,000teu ships.

Clemence Cheng added: “This latest phase of development is designed not only for the latest generation of container vessels, but for those that will follow them in future. With a design depth of up to 18 metres alongside, and cranes able to span 25 containers across a vessel, this facility gives our customers confidence in our ability to deliver for them in the long term.”

Work on the new quay will commence as soon as possible and it is scheduled to be operational in 2015. The quay extension will take the total berth length for container vessels at Felixstowe to over 3,250 metres, serviced by 37 ship-to-shore gantry cranes.


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