Teesport, the third largest in the United Kingdom, has welcomed the arrival of the biggest ever container ship to dock at the port after journeying for 18 hours from Belgium.
The Adelheid-S, which is operated by global shipping company MSC, spans a length of 222.5m, 32.2m wide and can carry 3,400 twenty-foot containers, arrived Teesport on Tuesday.
The mammoth vessel arrived after an 18-hour journey from Antwerp in Belgium.
The Port’s three dock-side cranes unloaded 852 containers before the Adelheid-S departed on Wednesday morning for its return to Antwerp.
TeessideLive quoted Frans Calje, PD Ports’ CEO, as saying: “The covid-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of the global supply chain to our region’s economy.
“As one of the UK’s major pieces of infrastructure, Teesport has continued to operate throughout this global crisis, keeping the country supplied with imports of food, fuel, pharmaceuticals and other goods essential to everyday life.
“We continue to invest heavily in our facilities at Teesport to support the rise in demand for trade passing through the North of the UK.
Teesport is currently the third largest port in the United Kingdom, and amongst the ten biggest in Western Europe, handling over 56 million tonnes of domestic and international cargo per year.