Port of Felixstowe welcomes world’s largest container ship

Port of Felixstowe welcomes world’s largest container ship

The 19,100 TEU CSCL Globe, the largest container ship to sail the world’s oceans, has made its maiden visit to the Port of Felixstowe, its first port of call in Europe.

The ship is operated by China Shipping Container Line on its AEX1 (Asia Europe Express) service and at 400 metres long she is the length of four football pitches and weighs as much as 14,500 London buses.  As well as Felixstowe, the vessel is calling at Rotterdam, Hamburg, Zeebrugge, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian and Port Kelang.

Commenting, Mr Zhang Zhendong, Managing Director of China Shipping (UK) Agency Co Ltd., said: “The CSCL Globe is the largest ship ever to be operated by China Shipping and the first of five similar-sized vessels we will be introducing into our Asia Europe Express service this year.

“The Port of Felixstowe has been our UK port of call since we first began the service 16 years ago.  It has grown with us and continues to be the best location from which to serve the crucially important UK market.”

Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe, added: “We are delighted that China Shipping has chosen Felixstowe as CSCL Globe’s first port of call in Europe.  Our relationship with China Shipping dates back to 1999 when their first vessel called at Felixstowe, and we are honoured that they continue to make Felixstowe their UK port of call.

“We are the major gateway for trade between the UK and China and the CSCL Globe is a magnificent testimony to the importance of the Europe-Asia trade.”