Port of Felixstowe: New volume benchmark achieved

Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has broken its own record for the most containers handled on a single ship for the third time in two months.

The latest benchmark was set when a total of 27,961 TEU (standard containers) were handled on the MSC AMELIA which sailed from the port on March 8, 2022.

Commenting on the latest record, Robert Ashton, Chief Operating Officer at the Port of Felixstowe, said: “The increasing size of container ships places great demand on port resources and we are pleased with the way we have responded to this challenge.”

“We are continuing to invest in the people, infrastructure, systems and equipment needed to service the growing number of ultra-large container ships on the world’s major trades as well as the increasing volume of containers on each ship.”

Work is underway to further increase the port’s ability to handle the world’s largest container ships.

Harwich Haven Authority is dredging the main approach channel to increase the depth from 14.5 metres to 16.0 metres.

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 16.5 metres and Berth 6 will also be dredged to 16.5 metres in 2022 at the same time as Berths 8&9 are increased to 18.0 metres.

Photo: Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe