The world's largest cargo ship docking at the Port of Felixstowe
9th January 2015
The world's largest cargo ship, the colossal 19,100 TEU1 CSCL Globe, is shown here docking at the Port of Felixstowe earlier this week after its 34-day maiden voyage from Qingdao in China. For Castle Donington-based Spatial Global, the record-breaking arrival was of particular interest – as the international freight forwarder had merchandise for two of its customers on board.
Spatial placed cargo on the ship in China for ultimate delivery to customers A N Wallis in Nottingham and Electrosteel in Chesterfield. A N Wallis is a supplier of earthing and lightning protection and other products, and has worked with Spatial Global on exports since 1999 and imports since May 2012. Electrosteel is a leading manufacturer and supplier of ductile iron pipes and fittings, and became a customer of Spatial only in April last year.
Both deliveries were completed on schedule. Stew Bailie, Managing Director of Electrosteel – who has worked with Spatial for many years in a previous role – commented: ''All our departments are very happy with Spatial's service, and importantly you are delivering the projected cost savings. The relationship has gone exactly as I expected – thanks to your team's professionalism and attitude to customer service.''
The brand new CSCL Globe is the largest cargo ship ever seen in the UK. Covering an area equivalent to four football pitches, it is some 400m (1,312 ft) long and 73m (240 ft) tall. At 184,000 tonnes fully laden, it weighs the same as 14,500 London buses, and its cargo of containers would stretch for 116 km (72 miles) if laid end-to-end.
The ship was built by China Shipping Container Lines Co Ltd and South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries.
1 Twenty-foot equivalent container units.