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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
“ As many of you will know our decision to journey from Southampton to the Port of Felixstowe was a very last minute, but we believed this was an opportunity not to be missed! Seeing the world's largest ship Majestic Maersk berthed at the Port of Felixstowe was certainly an impressive sight!
" I would like to take this opportunity to extend my greatest appreciation and thanks to Debbie Coe, Customer Relations Manager, Port of Felixstowe for being so kind and escorting both Gavin and I into Berths 8&9 to view the Majestic Maersk up close from the quayside. It was a truly wonderful surprise!