On June 6th 2014 we had the pleasure of visiting one of the world's largest container ships, Eleonora Maersk, whilst the vessel was berthed alongside Trinity Terminal at the Port of Felixstowe.
The unexpected and last minute visit was organised as Harry Cotterill was celebrating his 20th Birthday on June 6th 2014.
Having requested permission directly from Brian Godsafe, Managing Director, Maersk Line UK, we were allowed to visit the ultra large container ship.
Whilst they were waiting three others visitors arrived, which were employees from the Port of London. A short while later Steve Mann came to meet Harry and Gavin and the other visitors in the reception at Maersk House and gave them each a reflective jacket and hardhat.
Leaving the office, Harry and Gavin along with the other visitors were driven to Tomline House at the Port of Felixstowe, where they collected their passes in order to gain access to the quayside and ship. Once they had collected their passes Steve Mann drove them to the end of Trinity Terminal where Eleonora Maersk was berthed.
Steve Mann then safely guided Harry and Gavin, as well as the three other visitors along the quayside to the gangway leading up to the main deck on Eleonora Maersk, which in total had over 80 steps!
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
"I would like to take this opportunity to send a massive THANK YOU to Maersk Line for allowing us to visit Eleonora Maersk on the occasion of my 20th Birthday. I throughly enjoyed my time on board exploring the ship and seeing the various equipment and machinery. It was certainly a different way to spend part of my birthday!"