CSCL Star, berthed alongside berths 8 & 9 at the Port of Felixstowe
On Monday 21st February 2011, Dream Designs Colchester visited Shotley Gate in Suffolk, across the river from the Port of Felixstowe, to take the opportunity to view the new CSCL Star.
The new 366 metre long ship arrived at the Port of Felixstowe on Friday 18th February 2011 at around 23:30. The giant ship berthed alongside the newly build berths 8 & 9, during her maiden voyage from Asia. A limited number of discharge moves were performed before the vessel was later moved to the Port of Felixstowe’s Trinity Terminal to continue cargo operations.
The CSCL Star is the first of five new ultra-large container ships joining the CSCL fleet in 2011. CSCL Venus, will be delivered in April, CSCL Jupiter in July, CSCL Mars in September, CSCL Mercury in November and CSCL Neptune in December. A further 3 vessels will be delivered in 2012.
David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns of the Port of Felixstowe, commented:
" It is very exciting to be moving into the testing phase of this major development. There is an increasing trend towards ultra-large container vessels on many services operating between the Far East and Europe and it is essential the UK has the right facilities to accommodate these ships. Berths 8&9 will give us that capability and, allied to the unrivalled distribution options available from Felixstowe, will consolidate our position as the UK’s number one port."
" There is a lot of equipment to be tested and we need to be sure that all the new systems are resilient before the terminal is formally opened. It is, however, great to see the first mega-vessel alongside the only UK terminal that can handle it fully laden."
With the capacity to carry some 14,100 TEU, the CSCL Star is one of the world’s largest container ships and able to handle a significantly greater number of containers than any other ship currently in the CSCL fleet. The vessel has an overall length of 366 metres and a width of 51.2 metres, or 20 rows of containers across her deck. She has a gross tonnage of 150,853 and a draught of 14.5 metres when fully loaded with containers.
She was built by Samsung Heavy Industries and was delivered in January 2011. The CSCL Star will be deployed on the AEX1 Service, with a rotation sailing to, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Port of Felixstowe, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Last week Dream Designs Colchester especially assigned a drawing of the CSCL Star. Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, visited Harwich seafront late Friday night to see the new giant arrive at the Port of Felixstowe’s newly constructed berths.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
"It was fantastic to see the new CSCL Star arrive at the Port of Felixstowe late Friday night. It was even more exciting to see her berth alongside the newly built berths 8 & 9."
Today, Monday 21st February 2011, Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, visited Shotley Gate, along with his parents to view the new CSCL Star, which had been transferred to the Port of Felixstowe’s Trinity Terminal.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, added:
" Seeing the CSCL Star alongside Trinity Terminal this morning was quite a impressive sight! She is truly a colossal ship."
You can view photos of our drawing of CSCL Star by visiting the following link below.
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!