The new 366 metre long ship arrived at the Port of Felixstowe on Friday 18th February 2011 at around 23:30. The giant ship berthed alongside the newly build berths 8 & 9, during her maiden voyage from Asia. A limited number of discharge moves were performed before the vessel was later moved to the Port of Felixstowe’s Trinity Terminal to continue cargo operations.
" It is very exciting to be moving into the testing phase of this major development. There is an increasing trend towards ultra-large container vessels on many services operating between the Far East and Europe and it is essential the UK has the right facilities to accommodate these ships. Berths 8&9 will give us that capability and, allied to the unrivalled distribution options available from Felixstowe, will consolidate our position as the UK’s number one port."
" There is a lot of equipment to be tested and we need to be sure that all the new systems are resilient before the terminal is formally opened. It is, however, great to see the first mega-vessel alongside the only UK terminal that can handle it fully laden."
She was built by Samsung Heavy Industries and was delivered in January 2011. The CSCL Star will be deployed on the AEX1 Service, with a rotation sailing to, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Port of Felixstowe, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
"It was fantastic to see the new CSCL Star arrive at the Port of Felixstowe late Friday night. It was even more exciting to see her berth alongside the newly built berths 8 & 9."
Today, Monday 21st February 2011, Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, visited Shotley Gate, along with his parents to view the new CSCL Star, which had been transferred to the Port of Felixstowe’s Trinity Terminal.
" Seeing the CSCL Star alongside Trinity Terminal this morning was quite a impressive sight! She is truly a colossal ship."