Berths 8&9 at the Port of Felixstowe
Dream Designs Colchester are very pleased to have this opportunity to share with some exciting news from our very latest developments.
We recently took the chance to contact David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer, Hutchison Ports UK, to request permission for a possible visit the Port of Felixstowe.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester and his parents, have been lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit the Port of Felixstowe on Tuesday 28th February 2012.
The Port of Felixstowe is positioned on the South East coast of the United Kingdom. This is a wonderful position and is the an ideal place for vessels calling at many of the major European container ports across the North Sea. Not only is the Port of Felixstowe the largest container port in the United Kingdom, it is also one of the largest within 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's Trinity Terminal provides its customers with a continuous quay length stretching over an impressive 2.3 kilometres. This huge expanse of dock is equipped with 27 ship-to-shore gantry cranes, many of which are capable of handling the largest container ships currently at sea.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester and his mother Diane Cotterill, Dream Designs Colchester, visit Shotely Gate in Suffolk, to take the opportunity to get a photograph taken with Harry’s drawing of MSC Beatrice, with her later built sister vessel, MSC Sonia behind, berthed at the Port of Felixstowe on April 13th 2011
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester has personally had a close interest in the Port of Felixstowe for a number of years. When he was younger he would often visit the viewing point at Felixstowe to view the large container ships arrive and depart their berths.
On April 17th 2011, Dream Designs Colchester we invited to visit the world's largest container ship, Emma Maersk, whilst berthed alongside Trinty Terminal at the Port of Felixstowe. Whilst on board we were given the opportunity to officially present our especially assigned drawing of the vessel to the Captain, before touring the vessel.
In September 2011, the Port of Felixstowe officially opening of it's newly constructed Berths 8&9. These two new berths are the latest stage in the development of the Port of Felixstowe and are the only berths in the United Kingdom which are capable of working on the largest containers ships which are on order.
The new facility is equipped with the very latest technology including seven of the largest container cranes in the world. Each crane has the capability of operating on ships with container stowed 24-wide on deck. Construction of the second phase of the Felixstowe South Development will commence as soon as dictated by market demand.
Berths 8&9 adds an additional 730 meters of quay to the Port of Felixstowe. The second phase when complete will give the new development a total quay length of over 1,200 meters. A further 6 container cranes will be added and the depth alongside has the capability to be deepened from 16 meters to 18 meters when required, as container ships continue to become larger and larger.
Below you can watch a video to learn more about Berths 8&9 at the Port of Felixstowe.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
" We were delighted to received such a prompt response from the Port of Felixstowe and we are very excited to have been given the opportunity to visit the Port of Felixstowe on February 28th 2012."
" For many years now I have taken a great interest in the Port of Felixstowe and have followed both the planning and construction of Berths 8&9. It will be very interesting to perhaps see the new berths up close and learn more."
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!