The U.K. port has awarded the latest contract for the desgin and construction of a container yard which will add 18,000 TEUs of stacking capacity, the port announced.
The construction contract for the next expansion phase at Hutchison Ports Port of
Felixstowe has been awarded to VolkerFitzpatrick Limited, the port said in a statement.
The contract allows for the design and construction of 13 hectares of paved
container yard behind Berth 9 as well as the reclamation of 3.2 hectares of
seabed behind the existing finger pier, said the port.
“Berths 8&9 were the first berths in the UK built to
accommodate the latest class of ultra-large container vessels,” said Clemence
Cheng, executive director of Hutchison Ports. “The creation of additional
container storage will allow us to optimize container handling operations
between the berth and its supporting yard and further enhance the service we
offer to our customers.”
Further expansion of the container yard is slated for early
2019 and will comprise ten container blocks at 6-high stacking, the port said.
total, the expanded yard will add 18,000 TEUs of stacking capacity to the
130,000 TEU already available at the Port of Felixstowe.