The Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, launched an Economic Plan for the East of England today during a visit to the Port of Felixstowe.
“The extraordinary scale of the trade you are pioneering is not just fundamental to success in this region it’s fundamental to the success of the whole country,” said the Prime Minister.
During this visit, he saw the ultra-large container ship, CSCL Saturn, being worked at the port’s Berths 8&9. He also viewed the extension being built to these berths which will allow the UK’s largest container port to handle even more of the latest mega-ships operating on the world’s major trade routes.
The Prime Minister welcomed the Port of Felixstowe’s significant investment in its world-class facilities, including future plans for a new £200m Berth (Berth 10), and the additional jobs created.
Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe, said: “The developments at Berths 8&9 ensure the UK has a world class facility to handle the world’s largest vessels. These mega ships provide UK exporters with the most efficient connections to key overseas markets and are central to delivering an export-led economic recovery.”
Felixstowe is the UK’s largest container port. In 2014 it became the first UK port to handle over 4 million TEUs in a single year.