Further expansion at Felixstowe
A brand new rail terminal! ‘Best Container Terminal in Europe’! How can the Port of Felixstowe get better? There is now news that the container terminal is to expand one of its berthing stations.
Berth 9 which was recently opened in 2011, along with Berth 8, is due to be extended by 190 metres. This will allow Berths 8 & 9 to handle 2 18,000 teu vessels simultaneously. This will add 1 million teu capacity to Britain’s busiest port.
In 2003 when the plans for the construction of Berths 8 & 9 were submitted, they were designed to unload 2 of the largest containerships at the same time. However, 18,000 teu containerships were not planned for the foreseeable future back then. Therefore in order to allow theses gigantic containerships to dock and be simultaneously unloaded at Berths 8 & 9, 190 metres needs to be added on Berth 9.
It is understood that the Port of Felixstowe plan to start work on Berth 9 next year, with construction due to take over 11 months to complete. This will involve building a new quay wall and dredging.
This news comes as the port celebrates reaching the 70 million teu container milestone, which was loaded onto the MSC Bettina by the UK Secretary of State for Transport – Patrick McLoughlin. The Port of Felixstowe has also being named ‘Best Container Terminal in Europe’ at the Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards, and has expanded its rail services by the construction of a new rail terminal.
With more money being invested into the Port of Felixstowe, we at FWD Freight Services Ltd. can see a bright future for the port and how it will benefit the UK economy.
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