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World's largest container ship docks at Felixstowe

A container ship said to be the largest in the world has docked at the Port of Felixstowe for the first time.

The Suffolk port said MSC Loreto arrived yesterday (30 May) just before 01:00 BST.

Haven Ports Shipping UK said she arrived under the cover of darkness after a "brisk easterly breeze" delayed her arrival.

The Port of Felixstowe said about 8,500 TEUs would be exchanged before the 400m-long (1,312ft) ship departed on Thursday evening.

MSC Loreto claimed the prestigious title of the world’s largest container ship based on capacity, surpassing its predecessor, OOCL Spain (24,188 TEU). The Port of Rotterdam, where it recently docked, said it had a capacity of 24,346 TEU.

The containership boasts a total length of 399.99 meters and a width of 61.3 meters.

The ship’s deck area spans a massive 24,000 square meters, which is equivalent to 3.5 standard football fields. It has been classed by DNV.

The ship incorporates several innovative energy-saving features, including a small bulbous bow, large-diameter propellers, and energy-saving ducts.


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