The recently opened new deepwater terminal at Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port, is the first stage of a £1bn plus investment by the port’s owners, Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd.
The port presently deals with over 40 per cent of the country’s container cargo with around £60bn of imports and exports passing through Felixstowe each year.
The expansion of the port could add a further £20bn to this figure.
The terminal consists of two berths, Berths 8&9, and they are the only ones in the UK able to handle the largest container ships currently on order. It will be equipped with seven of the largest container cranes in the world, each crane being able to manage ships with containers stowed 24-wide on deck.
David Gledhill, chief executive of Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd, said: “A huge proportion of the goods on our high streets are imported in containers and more come through Felixstowe than anywhere else. “As container ships get larger, it is crucial ports like Felixstowe stay ahead of the game and ensure the UK is ready for the introduction of the next generation of container ships.”
As part of the project, the port will construct a third rail terminal in 2012. With capacity for 30-wagon long trains, it will be the longest terminal, of its type, in the UK.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - December 2011 Issue
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