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Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has handled what is believed to be the largest number of containers ever on a single ship in Europe.

A total of 23,773 TEU, standard containers, were handled on the 24,000 TEU MSC DILETTA which unloaded and sailed from the port on Wednesday.

Robert Ashton, operations director at the Port of Felixstowe, said: "The size of container ships has been increasing for many years and with growing demand for services into the Port of Felixstowe we are seeing ever greater container exchanges.

Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has handled what is believed to be the largest number of containers ever on a single ship in Europe.
Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has handled what is believed to be the largest number of containers ever on a single ship in Europe.

"We are also seeing a trend to consolidate cargo on fewer ultra-large ships.

"The MSC DILETTA is operated on the 2M Alliance Griffin/AE55 Far East Asia to North Europe service.

"We are very pleased with the performance on this call and to have been able to work with the 2M partners to help achieve their objectives to supply the current high demand for Far East imports to UK consumers."

The 2M Alliance is made up of Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world's two largest shipping lines.

Work is underway to further increase Felixstowe Port's ability to handle the world's largest container ships.

Harwich Haven Authority is clearing the bed of the main approach channel to increase the depth from 14.5 metres to 16.0 metres. Work commenced last year and is due to be completed in 2023.

The port is also increasing the depth at its deep-water berths - a ship's allotted place at a wharf or dock.

Berth 7 was deepened to 16.5 metres in 2021 and Berth 6 will also be cleared to 16.5 metres in 2022 at the same time as Berths 8 and 9 are increased to 18.0 metres.