The largest container ship in the world, the CSCL Globe has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe.
The vessel, which is 19,100 teus is operated by China Shipping Container Lines and works on the AEX1 - an express route which runs from Asia to Europe.
The port of Felixstowe is the first for the CSCL in Europe.
Speaking about the call, managing director of China Shipping (UK) Agency Co, Zhang Zhendong said: “The CSCL Globe is the largest ship ever to be operated by China Shipping and the first of five similar-sized vessels we will be introducing into our Asia Europe Express service this year. The Port of Felixstowe has been our UK port of call since we first began the service 16 years ago. It has grown with us and continues to be the best location from which to serve the crucially important UK market.”
The Globe was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea and is approximately 400 metres long, which is the length of four football pitches.
Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe, said: "We are delighted that China Shipping has chosen Felixstowe as CSCL Globe's first port of call in Europe.
"We are continuing to expand our facilities and increase the number container cranes to handle these very large ships."
Felixstowe is the biggest container port in the UK and the closest to the main ports of Northern Europe.
After visiting the UK port, the CSCL Globe is headed to Rotterdam, Hamburg, Zeebrugge, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian and Port Kelang.
Watch ShippingTV's coverage of the CSCL Globe's maiden call here.