On Sunday 2nd January 2011, Dream Designs Colchester visited Shotley Gate in Suffolk, which is located across the river from the Port of Felixstowe, one of the busiest container port in the United Kingdom and one of the busiest in Europe.
Over 40% of the trade which is imported and exported through the United Kingdom passes through the Port of Felixstowe.
More than 4,000 ships visit each year, including some of the largest container ships in the world.
Approximately 40 different shipping lines operate from the Port of Felixstowe.
The Port of Felixstowe provides its customers with a continuous quay, stretching over 2.3 kilometres. This huge expanse of dock is equipped with 27 ship-to-shore gantry cranes.
However, once completed the new deep-sea container terminal will provide a total of 1285 metres of deep-water quay, supported by some 13 ship-to-shore gantry cranes, capable of operating on the world’s largest container ships. With a dredged depth of 16 metres, it will ensure the ever growing number of larger and larger container ships will be able to visit the Port of Felixstowe.
The new terminal is now expected to be fully operational by 2016.
He added "With the new Felixstowe South Reconfiguration currently under construction, more and more of these massive container ships will be able to call at the Port of Felixstowe."
However, due to the New Year celebrations work commenced for a number of hours, creating a backlog of ships waiting to berth at the Port of Felixstowe, as well as many others ports across the world.
Dream Designs Colchester are currently looking into expanding their services and now provide a service to both ferry operators and container operators too. We recently contacted Stena Line who operate numerous ferry across the world. Their most recent newbuilds the Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica which are the largest ferries in the world, operate on a daily service from Harwich International Port.
"I certainly do hope that during the course of this year we will be able to communicate with a number of ferry and container operators and hopefully visit our first ferry or container vessel in the not to distant future."
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Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester