Newly built Berths 8&9 at the Port of Felixstowe
Yesterday, Tuesday 4th October 2011, Dream Designs Colchester took the opportunity to view the newly built deep-sea container berths, Berths 8&9 at the Port of Felixstowe, which were formally opened on Wednesday 28th September 2011.
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.
Dream Designs Colchester has followed the progress of the newly built berths for quite sometime and has also had a close connection with the Port of Felixstowe and the surrounding areas for many years now.
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.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester and Diane Cotterill visit Shotley Gate in Suffolk, across the river from the Port of Felixstowe, the United Kingdom’s busiest container port, to see the new 14,100 TEU CSCL Star, berthed alongside at Trinity Terminal in February 2011
In April 2011, Dream Designs Colchester were lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the world's largest container ship, Emma Maersk whilst berthed alongside the Port of Felixstowe. Whilst on board Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester was given the opportunity to officially present his drawing of Emma Maersk to the Master of the vessel.
When fully developed, the Felixstowe South Reconfiguration will increase the quay length available for container handling by close to 900 metres, giving a total quay length of 1,285 metres. Together with the Port’s Trinity Terminal, the Port of Felixstowe will be able to provide a total of over four kilometres of deep-water container facilities, and total capacity at the Port of Felixstowe will be increased by nearly 50%. Construction of the second phase will commence as soon as dictated by market demand.
Harry Cotterill, President & Managing Director, Dream Designs Colchester, said:
" 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."
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!