As the world’s largest container vessels continue to increase in size, the Port of Felixstowe has successfully completed strengthening and dredging works at Berth 7 on Trinity Terminal.
Berth 7 has been dredged from 15m to 16.5m below chart datum and its berth box has been widened from 55m to 70m.
The next phase of development will see increases to depths at Berths 6, 8 and 9.
In order to complement these deeper berths, Harwich Haven Authority have plans to increase the depth of the approach channel to up to 16 metres.
The 19,630 TEU Manila Maersk – with a departure draft of 15.6m – was the first vessel to use the deeper berth and the deepest ever to be berthed on Trinity Terminal.
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe said: “The Port of Felixstowe is ever progressive and continuously invests in its infrastructure, equipment and people, with the view to enhancing its customer offering. As the number of ultra-large container ships continues to grow, we will continue to improve and upgrade our facilities to meet the needs of our customers.”