Port of Southampton welcomes two of the world’s largest containerships

The Port of Southampton welcomes two of the world’s largest containerships

Two of the largest container vessels in the world have docked simultaneously at the Port of Southampton for the first time.

The port’s marine pilots successfully manoeuvred two ultra-large container vessels into the terminal at DP World.

Associated British Ports (ABP) has invested in widening the channel within the Western Docks, which has not only allowed the largest container vessels to pass the biggest cruise ships berthed in the portbut also enabled ABP Marine Pilots to manoeuvre ultra-large vessels to other berths in DP World’s container terminal. 

The ABP Southampton Marine Department, comprising the Harbour Master, Pilots, VTS, Marine Planning and Hydrography, played a pivotal role in the successful berthing of an ultra-large vessel at Southampton DP World’s SCT 2/3 berth.

Steve Masters, Southampton Harbour Master, said: “The team’s deep knowledge, experience and dedication ensured this operation was completed safely and efficiently.

“After establishing parameters, the pilots and tug crews underwent rigorous training and simulation exercises to familiarise themselves with the manoeuvring intricacies of the CAT 7 Vessels.

“Their commitment to mastering every aspect of the operation ensured a smooth and safe berthing process for MV Manilla Express.”

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Captains Noel Charlton and Chris Hoyle, entrusted with the Act of Pilotage for the “Manila Express,” said in a joint statement: “This is a significant achievement at the port to ensure it can welcome two of the largest container vessels at the same time. 

“We both worked closely with the vessel’s captain and crew; none of this would have been achievable without the collective efforts of all the specialist pilots, tug crews, and stakeholders involved in the ground-breaking endeavour.”

Last October, the Port of Southampton received the Clean Maritime Innovator’s title at the Maritime UK Solent Awards for its efforts in installing shore power.

More recently, the Port of Southampton completed a massive navigation channel expansion work in the Western Docks, allowing the largest cargo vessels to pass the biggest cruise ships berthed in the port.

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