The Edith Maersk, the largest vessel ever to enter the River Thames, arrived at DP World London Gateway on Sunday 19 October.
The 396 metre long, 56 metre wide ship has a draught of 16 metres and can carry up to 15,500 teu.
The ship, which is just weeks shy of celebrating its first anniversary, left the terminal on Sunday night bound for Singapore.
Since the first scheduled ship call by the MOL Caledon marked the official opening on November 7th 2013, the DP World London Gateway port has welcomed a series of new shipping services and continued to develop new berths and facilities. It also provided a sheltered ‘haven’ during last winter’s storms, with a series of large container ships diverting to DP World London Gateway when other ports were forced to close, helping to keep the UK supplied with goods.
“The arrival of the Edith Maersk is a historic moment,” said CEO Simon Moore. “This is one of the world’s largest ships and the biggest ever to enter the Thames. Our high-tech facilities give us the capability to handle ships like Edith Maersk only 30 miles from the centre of London. By bringing the biggest ships in the world closer to UK consumers we are now reducing UK import and export costs.”