World's largest container ship arrives at Felixstowe port

The world's largest container ship, which can carry 21,413 containers measuring 20ft each, has arrived in the UK.

OOCL Hong Kong, which is 400 metres long, docked in Felixstowe, Suffolk on the last stop of its maiden voyage to Europe before it returns to the Far East as part of an estimated 77-day round trip.

The vessel weighs 210,890 tonnes and has a width of 58.8 metres.

It was built at Samsung Heavy Industries' shipyard in Geoje, South Korea and serves the Asia-Europe trade lane as part of OOCL's LL1 service.

The ship arrived at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe at midday on Tuesday and is due to depart on Thursday morning.

Clemence Cheng, chief executive officer of the Port of Felixstowe and managing director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said: "The OOCL Hong Kong is the latest in a line of mega vessels to call at the Port of Felixstowe.

"The port's location close to the main shipping lanes and the ports of Northern Europe, combined with a unique combination of road and rail connections, makes it the first choice for the latest generation of giant container ships."

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