3rd November 2006
On Saturday 4th November 2006, the Port of Felixstowe will welcome the inaugural call of the record-breaking 'Emma Maersk', the world’s largest container ship.
With a declared capacity of 11,000 TEU, the 'Emma Maersk' is able to handle a significantly greater number of containers than any other ship currently in operation. It has a length of 397 metres, over 31 metres longer than the next longest container ship, the Maersk ‘G’ classes, and a width of 57 metres, 15 metres wider than any other container ship. If the containers on board were lined up end to end, they would stretch approximately 42 miles.
Built at the Odense Steel Ship Yard in Denmark, it has a gross tonnage of 156,907, and a maximum draught of 16.5 metres. Its engine yields 110,000 Horse Power, equivalent to more than 1,000 saloon cars.
The vessel is longer than the height of some well-known landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, which measures 320 metres, and the Empire State Building, at 381 metres. It is four times the length of a normal football pitch, and has arrived at the Port of Felixstowe during the peak pre-Christmas season, laden with goods for the High Street. Amongst the gifts on board likely to be filling stockings this Christmas are Playstations, MP3 players and digital cameras.
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns of the Port of Felixstowe, commented:
“The Port of Felixstowe, the shipping community, and shipping enthusiasts have all been waiting in anticipation for some time to get the first glimpse of the 'Emma Maersk'. A vessel of this size will be a spectacular sight - dwarfing its competitors - and we are more than delighted to welcome the 'Emma Maersk' here in Felixstowe.
“Vessels of this scale have been predicted for some years now, and we are finally starting to see them materialise. This proves that containerised trade is growing at an amazing pace, and underlines the need for new facilities such as at Felixstowe South and Bathside Bay to meet this growing demand.”
Overall, the 'Emma Maersk' has a deadweight approximately 40% greater than its nearest rival, the Xin Los Angeles, operated by China Shipping Container Line. This ship was the previous holder of the world’s largest container ship accolade, when it called at the Port of Felixstowe in July.
Employed on the AE1 Service, the 'Emma Maersk''s service rotation includes: Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Algeciras, Singapore, Yantian, Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelapas, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Gothenburg.
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Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 21 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 251 berths in 43 ports, together with a number of transportation-related service companies. With industry-recognised core competence in the effective and efficient management and operation of ports, the HPH Group handled 51.8 million TEU in 2005.