London Gateway welcomes a giant of the seas

London Gateway welcomes a giant of the seas

Maersk Edith moored at DP World London Gateway

Edith Maersk, the largest ever ship to sail on the Thames, has berthed at DP World London Gateway’s deepwater container port.  As one of the largest in the world, the record breaking vessel is as long as four football pitches.

The 397-metre-long, 56-metre-wide Edith Maersk has a draught of 16 metres and carries up to 15,500 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units).  DP World London Gateway operates eight of the UK’s largest quay cranes; their air draft and overreach capabilities mean that the port is well-equipped to handle the world’s largest vessels of today and tomorrow.

“The arrival of the Edith Maersk is a historic moment,” said CEO Simon Moore.  “This is one of the world’s largest ships and the biggest ever to enter the Thames.  Our high-tech facilities give us the capability to handle ships like Edith Maersk only 30 miles from the centre of London.

“By bringing the biggest ships in the world closer to UK consumers we are now reducing UK import and export costs. As we approach our first year of opening, we are delighted to see Edith Maersk at DP World London Gateway.”

The Edith Maersk is deployed on Maersk Line’s AE2 (Asia-Europe 2) service.  The next stop is Singapore.

In November, DP World London Gateway will celebrate its first anniversary.  Since the first scheduled ship call by the MOL Caledon marked the official opening on November 7th 2013, the port has welcomed a series of new shipping services and has continued to develop new berths and facilities.

Over 10,000 people have worked at DP World London Gateway since the project was given the go-ahead in 2008. The port has seen a string of firsts, including the first ever female Quay Crane driver to work in a UK container port.