The newly unveiled largest container ship in the world owned by Taiwanese firm Evergreen, made famous when one of its ships blocked the Suez Canal, is expected to arrive in the UK at the weekend while on its maiden voyage.
The Ever Ace, unveiled in July this year and currently sailing under the flag of Panama, is owned by the Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine Corp, also operators of the Ever Given, which ran aground in the Suez Canal in March.
The Ever Ace, which is 400 metres (1,312 feet) long and 61.5 metres (202 feet) wide, is currently on its first voyage after being launched, and is expected to dock in Felixstowe on 11th September.
The world’s largest container ship will remain in Suffolk for three days before returning to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
According to reports, the Ever Ace was expected to dock in Felixstowe last weekend, however, a port spokesperson said shipping schedules are often subject to change.
The huge vessel is expected to return to Suffolk again in November.
The cargo ship has a capacity of 23,992 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units), just 28 more than HMM Algeciras, the previous record holder, and a total load capacity of 200,000 tons.
Currently moored in Rotterdam after leaving China last month, the containers on the Ever Ace would span a distance of around 150 kilometres (93 miles) if placed next to one another, according to reports.
In March 2021, Evergreen’s vessel the Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal for six days after the 20,000-TEU container ship run aground, disrupting global trade.