Biggest container ship in the world arrives in the UK for the first time

The biggest container ship in the world has arrived in the UK for the first time

HMM Algeciras, the world's largest container ship, passes Canvey Island in Essex as it arrives in the UK for the first time.
HMM Algeciras, the world's largest container ship, passes Canvey Island in Essex as it arrives in the UK for the first time.

The world’s biggest container ship has arrived in the UK for the first time.

HMM Algeciras concluded its journey from China to Essex on Sunday – via South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The 1,312ft (400m) long and 200ft (61m) wide ship is delivering a variety of goods at DP World London Gateway in Thurrock.

HMM Algeciras, the world's largest container ship, passes Thorpe Bay in Southend, as she heads to DP World London Gateway port in Tilbury, Essex, towards the end of her maiden voyage to the UK.

Preparations began more than six months ago, with the Port of London Authority modelling its arrival on a simulator to ensure it could be carried out safely.

HMM Algeciras will depart on Monday, carrying UK exports on her return journey to China via Singapore.

Peter Livey, managing director for Britain at shipping company HMM, which owns the vessel, described its maiden voyage as a “major milestone”.

He said: “Ships of this size give us the capacity and flexibility to get our customers’ goods to the right place at the right time.”

DP World UK chief executive Ernst Schulze said the commitment of his staff has been “critical” to London Gateway remaining open throughout the coronavirus lockdown.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Subscribe to scotsman.com and enjoy unlimited access to Scottish news and information online and on our app.

With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.scotsman.com/subscriptions now to sign up.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Joy Yates

Editorial Director