Operated by Taiwanese line Evergreen Marine, the 24,000 TEU capacity vessel arrived at the UK's largest container port from Hamburg, having commenced its voyage at Qingdao, China in July, reports The Maritime Executive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Chris Lewis, CEO at the Port of Felixstowe, commented: 'Our relationship with Evergreen dates back to 1979 when Evergreen launched its first Asia-Europe service. The scale of growth since then has been nothing short of staggering; those first ships had a capacity of just 1,200 TEU, one-twentieth of the number the Ever Ace can carry. The Port of Felixstowe has long been the country's number one container port and we are continuing to invest to secure that position long into the future.'
Work is due to commence in the autumn to increase the depth of the main approach channel into the port. Undertaken by Harwich Haven Authority and due for completion in 18 months, the GBP120 million (US$166 million) scheme will increase the depth of the channel from 14.5 metres to 16.0 metres below chart datum.
The channel deepening will give Felixstowe unrivalled access for the largest container ships and complements work completed in July to deepen Berth 7 at the port to 16.5 metres. Further work to deepen Berths 6, 8 & 9 is scheduled for 2022.