Mega Vessel capacity at the Port of Felixstowe

CONTAINER OPERATIONS – BERTHS 8&9 FOR MEGA VESSELS

The Port of Felixstowe has been at the forefront of the container industry for over 40 years and the opening of Berths 8&9 in 2011 and its further development will secure our position long into the future.

Berths 8&9 were the first UK berths to handle the world’s largest container ship, the 19,224 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) mega vessel, the MSC Oscar. Failure to provide facilities for these class of vessels would mean that the world’s most efficient ships could not call in the UK, driving up the cost of imports and making UK exports less competitive.

WE’RE ALREADY PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE

In Phase 1 of the development, Berths 8&9 have already been equipped with the largest ship-to-shore cranes of their type anywhere in the world. With an outreach of 62 metres, they are capable of handling container ships with 24 containers wide on deck. Each crane weighs approximately 2,000 tonnes and is able to lift two containers simultaneously, up to a total of 70 tonnes.

The terminal is also equipped with 22 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs). Designed to the latest standards, these ‘eco’ RTGs have significantly lower emission levels and use up to 40% less fuel than standard machines, helping to make Berths 8&9 the lowest-carbon container terminal in the UK. The container storage yard for the new facility has also been enlarged and has a capacity of 44,000 TEU.

SIMULTANEOUS HANDLING OF MEGA VESSELS

When complete, Berths 8&9 will provide 1,285 metres of quay, and with a depth of water alongside of 18 metres below chart datum, it is designed to allow the docking and processing of multiple Mega Vessels simultaneously. With 920 metres of quay and currently dredged to 16 metres depth, this is enough to handle all existing mega container ships.

The economy’s ability to secure future growth will only be possible if the UK has the necessary infrastructure. Berths 8&9 ensures the country has the right port capacity to enable this growth.

Read more about our Expansion plans

BERTHS 8&9 STATS

Area
47.4 Hectares

Stack capacity
44,000 TEU

Length of quay
920m, planned to extend to 1,285m

Deep-sea container berths
2
16m below chart datum, planned to extend to 18m

Quayside ship-to-shore cranes
12
62m outreach (24 containers wide)
2-container capacity (70 tonnes total)

Stacking cranes
22
40 tonnes capacity (1 over 5)

Reefer points
300

CONTACT DETAILS
Commercial Department:
Tel :       +44(0)1394 604500
Fax:       +44(0)1394 604949
Email:    enquiries@fdrc.co.uk