Port operator Hutchison Ports has held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the latest phase of expansion at UK’s Port of Felixstowe.

Approximately 13 hectares of new paved container yard is to be constructed directly behind Berth 9 at the UK’s largest container port. The work will include the reclamation of 3.2 hectares of seabed.

Completion of the new container yard, which will comprise ten container storage blocks and allow 6-high stacking, is scheduled for early 2019. The yard will add 18,000 TEU of storage capacity to the 130,000 TEU already available at the port.

“Berths 8&9 were the first berths in the UK built to accommodate the latest class of ultra-large container vessels. The creation of additional container storage will allow us to optimise container handling operations between the berth and its supporting yard and further enhance the service we offer to our customers,” Clemence Cheng, CEO of the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director, Hutchison Ports, added.

In 2017, the port welcomed 166 calls by the largest class of mega-ships, more than any other port in the country, according to Hutchison Ports.

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