December 22 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Britain’s top port has played host to the world’s largest container ship on its maiden voyage.
The 399-metre long Majestic Maersk spent a day berthed at the Port of Felixstowe as it unloaded cargo from the Far East from the 18,270 containers stacked in its holds and on its decks.
It is one of Maersk Line’s new Triple-E series of vessels, which can carry 2,500 more boxes than the previous largest ships afloat.
Her arrival drew crowds of shipspotters to Landguard to watch her enter Harwich Harbour and be moved by tugs to the quayside of Berths eight and nine, the port’s newest extension.
The Majestic Maersk is the latest in a long line of vessels tagged the world’s biggest to visit Felixstowe and officials at port owners Hutchison Ports UK are delighted that the terminal continues to handle the business of the biggest shipping lines and remains the main gateway into the UK for the global box trade.
Maersk has ordered 20 Triple-E vessels – Daewoo Shipping is building them at a cost believed to be £3.8billion – and they will be phased in gradually over the next couple of years on the existing route between Asia and Northern Europe.
The vessels set new standards in the container industry, not just for size, but also of energy efficiency and environmental performance – they travel at slower speeds but are designed to use maximum efficiency, emitting 50% less CO2 per container moved than the current average on the Asia-Europe route.
The Majestic Maersk was launched in July and later named by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark on a special visit to Copenhagen.
Her decks were thrown open to the public and 50,000 people climbed aboard during the week-long stay with more than 200,000 coming to the quayside to see her.
Maersk Line’s chief operating officer Morten Engelstoft said: “We are really proud of the vessel. We find it very good that it’s optimised in every respect.”