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World's largest container ship heads for Suffolk

The world's largest container ship is heading for the Suffolk coast. 395 metres long and 58 metres wide, the MSC Oscar is due to dock at the Port of Felixstowe this afternoon.

The MSC Oscar Credit: Ingo Wagner/DPA/Press Association Images

In January the world's previous largest container the CSCL Globe, which carries up to 19,100 containers, docked at the Suffolk port. With a maximum capacity of 19,244 containers the MSC Oscar, owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, is even bigger.

Hundreds of ship-spotters are expected to be at the harbour to see The Oscar arrive. She is due in between one and two o'clock this afternoon.

Transport Secretary visits Port of Felixstowe

it's been a landmark day for the Port of Felixstowe, the UK's busiest container port. Responsible for nearly half of all the goods that come into this country, today it handled its 70 millionth container.

There are concerns that Felixstowe is being held back by traffic problems on the A14, the major road, crossing our region, linking the docks with the motorway network. And there's a warning that introducing a toll section could drive business away.

Today the Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin, did his best to dispel those concerns.


Transport Secretary in Felixstowe

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin at the Port of Felixstowe Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, is back in the region today to visit the Port of Felixstowe. He'll see the 70 millionth container arrive at the Suffolk port. He's there to recognise the importance of the shipping sector to the British economy.

The Port of Felixstowe has been the UK's leading container port for over 30 years Credit: ITV News Anglia

The milestone follows the opening in June of the port's third rail terminal, the new North Rail Terminal, which will double rail capacity at the port. Felixstowe is the UK's main port for exports to the growing markets of South East Asia.


New £40m rail terminal at port

New rail terminal to open at the Port of Felixstowe. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Duke of York will open a new rail terminal at the Port of Felixstowe today, which aims to secure the Suffolk town's position as the UK's major container port for the future.

The North Rail Terminal cost £40 million to build and has nine train tracks.

It should eventually double the number of containers able to move through the port by rail.

At the opening ceremony today The Duke of York will give a speech and there will be artistic performances from acrobats, dancers and pyrotechnics.

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