World's largest container ship due at Felixstowe
Wed, 07 January 2015
The world's largest container ship is due to arrive in the UK for the first time.
The Hong Kong-registered CSCL Globe will dock at Felixstowe loaded with about 19,000 standard containers.
The previous largest ship to have docked at the port was the Maersk Triple-E, which arrived in November, carrying about 18,000 containers.
The new ship, which left China in December, is due to arrive on the Suffolk coast at 13:00 GMT.
The CSCL Globe will dock at Felixstowe's deep-water berths eight and nine, which were opened in 2011, at a cost of £300m.
The port said ships of this size would not be able to use Felixstowe if it had not made this investment.
It is carrying a large range of consumer goods including food, drink, clothing, electrical goods and furniture.
The ship's last port of call was at Kelang in Malaysia.
184,000 tons weight (equivalent of 14,500 London buses)
The 19,000 containers would stretch 72 miles if laid end-to-end
It could carry 900 million tins of beans or 300m tablet computers
Built by China Shipping Container Lines Co Ltd and South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries
Made its maiden voyage from the Port of Qingdao, China on 4 December 2014
Source: Port of Felixstowe