Port of Felixstowe

The Port of Felixstowe, in Suffolk is the UK's busiest container port, dealing with 35% of the country's container cargoFact|date=January 2008. It was developed following the abandonment of a project for a deep-water harbour at Maplin Sands. In 2005, it was ranked as the 28th busiest container port in the world [cite web|title=World Port Rankings 2005|publisher=American Association of Port Authorities|month=May|year=2007|url=http://aapa.files.cms-plus.com/Statistics/WORLD%20PORT%20RANKINGS%202005.xls |accessdate=2008-02-06] and Europe's sixth busiest.cite news|work=Lloyds List Daily Commercial News|last=Van Marle|first=Gavin|pages=8-9|date=2008-01-31|title=Europe Terminals stretched to limit] The port handled TEU|3.3 million|first=yes of traffic in 2007, a ten percent increase on 2006.

Terminals

The port has two main container terminals, Trinity and Landguard as well as a RO-RO terminal, Dooley.

The main navigation channel is dredged to 14.5 metres below Chart Datum, with a maximum depth of 15 metresFact|date=January 2008 alongside the quay, Felixstowe boasts deep-water able to accommodate the world’s latest generation of deep-draughted post-Panamax vessels. There is a continuous quay of over 2.3km, equipped with 25 ship-to shore gantry cranes.

Transport connections

The A14 starts at the port, giving good connections with the Midlands, and also to London (via the A12) and the North (via the A1).

Each terminal has its own rail terminal which connects to the currently single track Felixstowe Branch Line

Ownership

The port is operated by the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company, which is one of the few limited companies in the UK that do not have limited in their name as it was set up under an act of Parliament.Fact|date=July 2008 In turn , the Dock and Railway Company is owned by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. [cite web
url=http://www.portoffelixstowe.co.uk/publications/journal/frmhistory1976.aspx
author=Port of Felixstowe
title=Brief History
] Much of the land on which it sits is owned by Trinity College, Cambridge.

The port has its own Police Force.

References

External links

* [http://www.portoffelixstowe.co.uk/ Official Website]


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