Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, noted that the port's location marks a strategic importance in Northern Europe and makes it the first choice for the latest generation of giant container ships.

"Our relationship with OOCL goes back 40 years and we are delighted to welcome them back to the Port of Felixstowe as part of the Ocean Alliance. We are honoured to have been chosen as the main UK hub for the Ocean Alliance and look forward to continuing to work with OOCL and the other alliance partners to provide the best possible service to UK importers and exporters."

The 210,890 gross tonne vessel was built at Samsung Heavy Industries' (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. Measuring 400 metres in length and with a width of 58.8 metres, the OOCL Hong Kong serves the Asia-Europe trade lane as part of OOCL's LL1 service.

Richard Hew, Managing Director of OOCL, said: "We truly look forward to working more closely with our customers, business partners and with the port community in developing our synergies for growth."

The port recently marked a milestone by welcoming another giant container ship, Madrid Maersk, which was the first that large container ship to ever visit North Europe.