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New World’s Biggest Containership Makes Maiden Call in the UK

New World’s Biggest Containership Makes Maiden Call in the UK
The Ever Ace, the unofficial new title holder for the rank of the world’s largest container ship, has made its maiden call in the United Kingdom.

Operated by Taiwanese line Evergreen Marine, the 24,000 TEU capacity ship arrived from Hamburg at the UK’s largest container port, Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe, having commenced its voyage at Qingdao, China in July and transiting through the Suez Canal.

“We are delighted to welcome the Ever Ace on its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe,” said Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer 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.”

The Ever Ace is the first of twelve 24,000-teu class container ships ordered by Evergreen. The A-class vessel is 400 meters in length and 61.5 meters wide, has a design draft of 14.5 meters and can cruise at speeds up to 22.6 knots.

With a nominal carrying capacity of 23,992 TEU, Ever Ace is one of the largest container ships in the world and beats its ‘world’s largest’ predecessor, The Ever Ace is the first of twelve 24,000-teu class container ships ordered by Evergreen.

The A-class vessel is 400 meters in length and 61.5 meters wide, has a design draft of 14.5 meters and can cruise at speeds up to 22.6 knots. With a nominal carrying capacity of 23,992 TEU, Ever Ace is one of the largest container ships in the world and beats its ‘world’s largest’ predecessor, HMM Algeciras, by just 28 TEU.

About 7,000 TEUs were offloaded in Felixstowe, a spokesperson for the Port of Felixstowe said. “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,” said Lewis. Ever Ace departed Felixstowe today for its next port of call in Rotterdam.

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