Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has handled what is believed to be the largest number of containers ever on a single ship in Europe.
A total of 23,773 TEU (standard containers) were handled on the 24,000 TEU MSC DILETTA, which completed operations and sailed from the port on 12 January 2022.
“The size of container ships has been increasing for many years and with growing demand for services into the Port of Felixstowe we are seeing ever greater container exchanges,” commented Robert Ashton, Operations Director at the Port of Felixstowe. “We are also seeing a trend to consolidate cargo on fewer ultra-large ships. The MSC DILETTA is operated on the 2M Alliance Griffin/AE55 Far East Asia to North Europe service.
“We are very pleased with the performance on this call and to have been able to work with the 2M partners to help achieve their objectives to supply the current high demand for Far East imports to UK consumers.”
The 2M Alliance consists of Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s two largest shipping lines.
Work is underway to further increase the port’s capability to handle the world’s largest container ships. Harwich Haven Authority is dredging the main approach channel to increase the depth from 14.5m to 16.0m. Work commenced last year and is due to be completed in 2023. The port is also increasing the depth at its deep-water berths. Berth 7 was deepened to 16.5m in 2021and Berth 6 will also be dredged to 16.5m in 2022 at the same time as Berths 8&9 are increased to 18m.