British authorities seized approximately 398 kilograms of heroin in a container at the Port of Felixstowe on 2 August, in what is claimed to be one of the largest ever heroin seizures in the UK. The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) had identified a container ship suspected of carrying drugs en route to Antwerp.
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The UK Port of Felixstowe and Danish ferry operator DFDS have agreed to increase roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) capacity at the port by over 40% through investment in a new linkspan, tractor units and additional trailer parking facilities. The agreement extents the service at Felixstowe for 15 years.
An observational short documentary by the UK director, Eleanor Mortimer, depicts how a shore leave for a cargo-ship crew at the Felixstowe Seafarer Centre feels like. Due to visa restrictions and short turnarounds, many crews of international cargo ships stay in port after docking.
Responding to a statement by the owners of the port of Felixstowe that its recently introduced new terminal operating system is now stable, Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association said that freight forwarders are still experiencing problems.
The Port of Felixstowe has awarded a contract to VolkerFitzpatrick Limited for its latest phase of expansion at Hutchison Ports. Completion of the new container yard, which will comprise ten container blocks and allow 6-high stacking, is scheduled for early 2019.
UK port employers, led by Port Skills and Safety, have joined forces with the Health and Safety Executive and Unite the Union, to develop leadership and worker engagement guidance for the Port industry.
UK MAIB highlights that if signs of waxing in fuel tanks and fuel systems are evident, actions must be taken immediately. A build-up of waxy deposits in boiler burner’s fuel supply filter was one of the likely causes of the flame failure onboard Manhattan Bridge containership resulting in one fatality and one serious injury in early 2017.
The world’s largest container ship, the 21,413 TEU OOCL Hong Kong, has made its maiden call at Hutchison, Port of Felixstowe, UK. The call represented a double celebration, as it also marked the return of OOCL to the UK’s largest container port after a 17 year absence.
The largest container ship to call in North Europe so far has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe. The 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk, operated on the 2M NEU2 Asia to Europe service, has arrived at the port with over 6,000 TEU for the UK loaded in China and Malaysia.
This video explains this year`s theme for World Maritime Day, “Connecting ships, ports and people”, and highlights the importance of coherent and connected development across all maritime sectors.
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