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20 February, 2014 - 22:06 By News Desk

Port of Felixstowe prepares for mega vessels

Image courtesy – Port of Felixstowe

The Port of Felixstowe has taken another step towards becoming a home for the next generation of mega vessels.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has given the green light for the Port of Felixstowe to extend its newest container handling facility, Berths 8&9. 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.

Commenting on the latest development at the port, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports UK (HPUK) said: “We welcome MMO’s decision to consent to the extension of Berths 8&9 by 190 metres at the Port of Felixstowe. This scheme represents the latest in a long line of investments by HPUK at the Port of Felixstowe.

“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.”

Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain, is the only Port in the UK to have handled the 18,000 TEU class, the biggest container vessels in service, recently introduced on the Asia – Europe trade.

Cheng added: “Our commitment to a programme of continuous investment has helped secure our position as the Port of Britain. 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.”

Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator.

Image courtesy – Port of Felixstowe

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