Berths 8&9 are the only berths in the United Kingdom which are capable of handling the largest container ships which are currently on order. The brand new container terminal is equipped with five of the largest ship-to-shore gantry cranes in the world, with 2 more to arrive shortly.
Each crane can operate on ships with containers stowed 24-wide on deck. This capability will allow the world’s largest and most efficient ships to import goods directly to the United Kingdom.
Added to this, the new state of the art technology being introduced as part of the expansion, will combine greater levels of customer service with reduced carbon emissions.
In February 2011, Dream Designs Colchester took the opportunity to view the CSCL Star berth alongside Berths 8&9 during the vessel's maiden voyage from the Far East. CSCL Star was one the first ultra large container vessels which berthed alongside Berths 8&9.
" It is wonderful to know that the newly built Berths 8&9 at the Port of Felixstowe are now officially operational. It was interesting to visit Felixstowe yesterday to view the new development from the viewing point."
" I certainly look forward to the coming years as more and more ultra large containers are constructed and visit the Port of Felixstowe. I take particular interest in Maersk Line's new Triple-E Class, the first of which will arrive in 2013 with a capacity of 18,000 TEU."