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Felixstowe breaks handling record

[ January 14, 2022   //   ]

The Port of Felixstowe says it has handled what is believed to be the largest number of containers ever on a single ship in Europe – 23,773teu on the 24,000teu MSC Diletta on 12 January on the 2M Alliance Griffin/AE55 Far East Asia to North Europe service.

Port operations director Robert Ashton said: “The size of container ships has been increasing for many years and with growing demand for services into the Port of Felixstowe we are seeing ever greater container exchanges. We are also seeing a trend to consolidate cargo on fewer ultra-large ships.”

Harwich Haven Authority is dredging the main approach channel to increase the depth from 14.5 metres to 16.0 metres, work which is due to be completed in 2023. Berth 7 was deepened to 16.5 metres in 2021and Berth 6 will also be dredged to 16.5 metres in 2022 at the same time as Berths 8&9 are increased to 18.0 metres.

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