On October 7th 2013, Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester took the decision to visit the viewing point at the Port of Felixstowe to see the world’s largest ship, Majestic Maersk during her rare visit into the United Kingdom.
He was joined on the visit by Gavin Pamment, Chief Photographer, Dream Designs Colchester who had visited Harry that weekend in Southampton where Harry is now studying at University.
From Southampton they travelled over 180 miles to the Port of Felixstowe. Unfortunately due to numerous hold ups due to accidents on the roads they did not arrive in time to see the Majestic Maersk arrive as planned.
Harry and Gavin left Southampton at approximately 08:00 and arrived at the viewing point at the Port of Felixstowe at approximately 14:00.
The 399 meter long Majestic Maersk was originally scheduled to arrive at 14:00 but arrived somewhat earlier. Upon her arrival she was accompanied by a number of tug boats to aid her docking and to welcome her to the Port of Felixstowe for the first time.
The viewing point area and car park was quite busy upon their arrival, but not as busy as had been predicted which was a relief.
From the viewing point and beach they had the good view of the Majestic Maersk berthed at the Port of Felixstowe’s Berths 8&9, located at the southern end of the port.
Whilst on the beach Harry took the opportunity to have a photograph taken with his especially assigned drawing of the first 18,000 TEU Triple-E class vessels from Maersk Line, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller.
After this they took a short walk together along the beach to get a better view of the Majestic Maersk and captured some more photographs of the gigantic vessel. All seven of the ship-to-shore gantry cranes at Berth 8&9 where working on the vessel.
Having taken plenty of photographs of the Majestic Maersk they left the viewing point at the Port of Felixstowe and took the last minute decision to visit Tomline House to see if one of Harry’s contacts Debbie Coe, Customer Relations Manager, Port of Felixstowe was available.
Dream Designs Colchester had previously worked closely with the Port of Felixstowe in 2012 and organised a visit to the Port of Felixstowe on February 28th 2012, when Debbie Coe took Harry and his parents on a guided tour of the entire port. Due to the arrival of the Majestic Maersk and the anticipated media coverage around it, we were not expecting Debbie to be available.
To their surprise Debbie agreed to meet Harry and Gavin and they were kindly asked to wait 10 minutes and shortly after Debbie came to greet them both in the reception of Tomline House at the Port of Felixstowe. She was very surprised to hear that both Harry and Gavin had traveled all the way from Southampton to see the ship.
Harry and Gavin were both very surprised when Debbie offered to take them into the Port of Felixstowe and alongside the Majestic Maersk in Berths 8&9 to see the vessel up close from the quayside. Of course they were delighted to accept this very kind invitation!
They had to wait quite some time before they were able to be taken into the Port of Felixstowe, but this was understandable. At approximately 17:00 Debbie met Harry and Gavin again in Tomline House and gave them each a pass to enter the Port of Felixstowe. (Luckily they had both got their passports!)
Exiting Tomline House into the car park Debbie drove them over to the security gates to enter Berths 8&9, where their security passes where checked before entering.
Debbie then began to drive over to the quayside at Berths 8&9 and stop in front of the bow of the Majestic Maersk to allow Harry and Gavin to take some photographs. The sheer size of the vessel was overwhelming, especially with the newly designed bow!
Passing the stern of the vessel Debbie once again parked the vehicle and allowed Harry and Gavin again to capture some more photographs and watch the activity taking place right along the 730 meter quay of Berths 8&9.
The stern of the vessel was truly vast in size, with containers stacked 10 high on deck and with a width of 59 meters the vessel appeared exceptionally large.
Debbie then drove back along Berths 8&9 next to Majestic Maersk to allow Harry and Gavin to capture more photographs, stopping at the bow again, before heading back to TomLine House where Harry and Gavin handed in passes and thanked Debbie for being so kind.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
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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!