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Container ship sets new record for Felixstowe

A huge container ship has become the largest vessel to dock at the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk.

The MSC Isabella, owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, is the second largest container ship in the world and has been officially named at a ceremony at Felixstowe.

Built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in South Korea the vessel is on her maiden voyage.

At around 400 metres long and 61 metres wide, MSC Isabella is significantly longer than the Empire State Building is tall.

Its owners say bigger ships generally emit less CO2 per container carried, helping them lower the carbon footprint of their supply chains.

MSC Isabella can carry more than 2,000 refrigerated containers, boosting the trade of food, drink, pharmaceutical and other chilled and frozen items between Asia and Europe.