We had contacted David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer, Hutchison Ports UK, a number of weeks previously, to discuss the possibility of visiting the Port of Felixstowe, particularly as the newly constructed Berths 8&9 recently opened and are now in operation.
David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer, Hutchison Ports UK, past our letter onto Debbie Coe, Customer Relations Manager, Port of Felixstowe, who later contacted us and was delighted to offer us the opportunity to visit and tour the Port of Felixstowe.
We were asked to arrive at TomLine House at the Port of Felixstowe at 10:00, where we were met by Debbie Coe, Customer Relations, Manager, Port of Felixstowe.
We also discussed the newly constructed Berths 8&9 and the ever increasing size of container ships and the number of larger vessel, particularly Maersk Line's Triple-E Class ships, which will have a capacity of 18,000 TEU. The first of these massive vessels is due to arrive in 2013 and is quite likely to call at the Port of Felixstowe in the future.
The first stop on the tour was the South Rail Terminal. The Port of Felixstowe is committed to further increase the amount of freight which is transported by rail and in recent years has made significant investments. In the past 3 years £6 million has been invested in order to replace the two Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes as well as extending the the terminal length from 20 to 22 wagons.
We also saw 10 brand new Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes which were still being tested before they are officially handed over to the Port of Felixstowe. At the old Landgaurd Terminal, we saw the 3 Quayside Cranes which are no longer in use and are due to be demolished shortly.
Quayside Ship-to-Shore Gantry Cranes, which are the largest of their kind in the world and have the capability to operate on ships with containers stowed 24 wide on deck.
We were lucky enough that there was a vessel berthed alongside Berths 8&9 during our visit to the Port of Felixstowe. In fact the vessel, MSC Maria Saveria was on it's maiden voyage and was one of the largest container ships in the world, with the capacity to carry around 14,000 TEU and an overall length of 366 meters.
We then entered Trinity Terminal and learnt about the various security procedures which container has to undergo when entering the Port of Felixstowe.
Before making our way to the quayside, we had the opportunity to see the new Trinity North Rail or Third Rail Terminal, which is the newest development at the Port of Felixstowe and work had only just started a few weeks previously.
The sheer size of Trinity Terminal is truly unbelievable. It covers an area of 124.3 Ha and has a stacking capacitiy of 98,000 TEU. The terminal is equipped with 74 Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes and 27 Quayside Ship-to-Shore Gantry Cranes, which range in size, the smallest of which reach 13 containers across and the largest 22.
Due to the increasing size of container ships as well as the number of larger and larger ships, it is now quite common for their to be two vessels of this size berthed at the Port of Felixstowe. The Port of Felixstowe is the only port in the United Kingdom which has the ability to do this.
Unfortunately David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer, Hutchison Ports UK, was away during our visit, so on this occasion was not available to meet our executive team and view our drawing.
" My parents and I were delighted to have be given the opportunity to both visit and tour the Port of Felixstowe and had a truly magnificent time. It was fascinating to learn so much more about the Port of Felixstowe and see the various equipment and facilities up close."
" I would like to extend my greatest appreciation and thanks to the Port of Felixstowe, particularly Debbie Coe who made us feel so very welcome during our visit, and of course David Gledhill for allowing us to visit the port."
" It is fantastic to have now formed a connection and friendship with the Port of Felixstowe and I look forward to continuing this in the future."