Work is now underway on the latest expansion project at Felixstowe after the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling performed the formal ground-breaking ceremony for the new 18,000 teu paved container storage yard in January.
The yard is being built directly behind Berth 9 and covers about 13 hectares, including 3.2 hectares reclaimed from the seabed.
Clemence Chang, the Port of Felixstowe chief executive and executive director of its owners Hutchison Ports, said: “Berths 8 and 9 were the first in the UK built to accommodate the latest class of ultra-large container ships. The creation of additional container storage will allow us to optimise container handling operations between the berth and its supporting yard and further enhance the service we offer our customers.”
Mr Grayling said: “This expansion continues the port’s impressive record of investment. It is great to see our largest container port expanding its offering so it can grow and prosper.”
When it comes into service early next year, the new yard will have 10 container storage blocks and all allow six-high stacking.