Truck and Track Autumn 2021

www.truckandtrack.com Autumn 2021 Truck and Track 69 PORTS The Ever Ace, the world’s largest container ship, has made its maiden call at Hutchison Ports’ Port of Felixstowe. Operated by Taiwanese line Evergreen Marine, the 24,000TEU capacity vessel arrived at the UK’s largest container port from Hamburg, having commenced its voyage at Qingdao, China in July. Commenting on the arrival, Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Ever Ace on its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe. 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 1,200TEU, one-twentieth of the number the Ever Ace can carry. “It is particularly fitting that the arrival coincides with the start of London International Shipping Week which promotes the best of the UK maritime sector. The Port of Felixstowe has long been the country’s No.1 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 £120 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. The Ever Ace is the first of twelve 24,000TEU class container ships ordered by Evergreen. The A-type vessel is 400 metres in length and 61.5 metres wide, has a design draft of 14.5 metres and can cruise at speeds up to 22.6 knots. Port of Felixstowe welcomes world’s largest container ship Statutory Harbour Authority. We look forward to seeing the system continue to grow as more time passes and more users become active as this will only improve things further.” PD Ports will now hold two final workshops with river users in order to provide feedback to the PCS hosts, Port of Rotterdam, before further exploring how the system could be utilised across other areas of the business to provide operational areas with key information. CEO of the North East Chamber of Commerce, James Ramsbotham, was also full of praise for how PD Ports’ commitment to digitalisation has enabled Teesport to continue to thrive despite the challenges of the past 18 months. “It’s fantastic to see PD Ports continuing to lead the way on digitalisation in order to further boost the competitiveness of our region. “During the last 18 months, as the country has grappled with challenges brought by Brexit and Covid-19, we have seen how a lack of technology and an over reliance on people has slowed some business down whereas businesses who were already on a journey of digitalisation, like PD Ports, have been able to limit that impact. I have no doubt that this new system will only further enable Teesport to thrive.” TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TO ALLPORTS GROUP allportsgroup.co.uk

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