Later this year in April, Dream Designs Colchester is due to visit their largest ship yet, when they board the colossal Emma Maersk, the largest container ship in the world.
Dream Designs Colchester contacted the Port of Felixstowe, the United Kingdom’s busiest container port, last month to request permission to visit the Emma Maersk. The Port of Felixstowe kindly passed our request on to Maersk Line directly. Maersk Line have since agreed to welcome us aboard Emma Maersk on Sunday 17th April 2011.
Danny Wright, Operations Manager, Felixstowe Operations, Maersk Line UK & Ireland, said: “I'm glad to see your attention has been grabbed by our own vessels calling in to Felixstowe, and I have to say that your drawings are very impressive and will surely be appreciated by the Captain and the crew.”
Emma Maersk has an overall length of 397.7 metres and a beam of 56 metres, with the capacity to carry some 11,000 TEU. (Twenty-foot equivalent unit)
Emma Maersk was launched in 2006 and made her maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe in November 2006. The vessel received an enormous level of interest, with thousand of onlookers watching as she arrived for the first time.
The maiden call of the Emma Maersk at the Port of Felixstowe played a significant part in Harry Cotterill’s interest and passion for ships. When he was younger he used to visit Harwich or Felixstowe, almost every weekend to watch the various container ships arrive and depart their berths.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said: “Seeing the Emma Maersk arrive at the Port of Felixstowe for the first time in 2006 was an incredible moment for me. The sheer number of people which turned out to see her arrive was breathtaking, as was the size of the vessel herself. I had never seen anything quite like it.”
Whilst on board the Emma Maersk, Dream Designs Colchester will have the opportunity to meet with the Captain, to present the drawing of the ship which was especially assigned in late December 2010.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, added: “We are delighted that Maersk Line have so kindly agreed to welcome us aboard Emma Maersk, when she berths at the Port of Felixstowe again later this year in April. It will certainly be a different experience for us, as we have never visited a container vessel before. We are all very much looking forward to the visit and meeting the Captain and crew.”
Harry Cotterill set up his blog when he was just 16-years old, making him one of the youngest cruise bloggers in the world. In later years he became known across the world for his amazing talent of drawing cruise ships!