COSCO Felixstowe is going places

FELIXSTOWE'S fame is being spread far and wide – by a new ship bearing the resort's name.The COSCO Felixstowe is taking the town's name around the world and today visited its namesake as part of its inaugural visit.

By Richard Cornwell

FELIXSTOWE'S fame is being spread far and wide – by a new ship bearing the resort's name.

The COSCO Felixstowe is taking the town's name around the world visited its namesake as part of its inaugural visit.

The vessel, which can carry 5,400 standard-sized containers, arrived at the port to a fanfare, with its officers and owners then wined and dined in a marquee set up on the quayside.

During the lunch, the ship's master, Song Qiming was presented with a special limited-edition print of the port by Richard Pearson, managing director of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, and a commemorative plaque by Captain Yang Bing, President of COSCO Europe.

Mr. Pearson said the port was extremely delighted to welcome COSCO Felixstowe on its maiden voyage and honoured at the naming.

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"It is significant that the vessel should bear our name, as Felixstowe has long been established as one of the leading ports for trade with China," he said.

The ship, completed earlier this year by Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Company in China, is 280 metres long, 39.8 metres wide and 60 metres high.