The 13,400-TEU Cosco England has made its maiden call at the United Kingdom’s Port of Felixstowe.
Registered in Hong Kong, the mega-ship is deployed on Cosco’s NE1 Asia-to-Europe service. With a length of 366 meters (about 1,201 feet) and a 153,666 deadweight tonnage, the Cosco England is the container line’s largest ship.
“Our relationship with Cosco dates back to 1989 when their first vessel called at the Port of Felixstowe, and we are honored that they continue to make Felixstowe their U.K. port of call,” said Clemence Cheng, CEO of the Port of Felixstowe, at a ceremony on board the vessel at the port’s Trinity Terminal.
“The U.K. is absolutely one of the most important markets for Cosco Group; we have set up our bulk shipping and logistics business in this country, plus a fleet of seven container ships flying the red ensign,” added Simon Yang, CEO of Cosco U.K. “With the ever growing investment, trade, cultural exchanges between China and the United Kingdom, Cosco is trying to do more to cover the whole U.K. and Ireland market to improve efficiency, definitely with help of our partners like Hutchison and our customers.”
“Apart from tea, Cosco England will bring a multitude of items, such as household consumer goods, mechanical and electronic appliances,” explained Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador in the U.K. “In turn, Cosco England will carry to China not only wine, beer and whisky, but also vast quantities of aviation equipment, cars, machinery and medical instruments.”