In pictures: World's largest shipping container arrives in UK

Yahoo News UK

The world’s biggest container ship has docked in the UK on its maiden visit.

Crowds gathered to witness the huge HMM Algeciras on Sunday as it concluded its journey from China to Essex – via South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

The ship is 1,312ft (400m) long and 200ft (61m) wide, making it vastly bigger than the Titanic, which was 882ft long and 92ft wide.

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Algeciras is delivering a variety of goods from south Asia to DP World London Gateway in Thurrock, including household items and supermarket goods.

In order to ensure the vessel could dock safely at DP World London Gateway, its arrival was modelled on a simulator, with preparations beginning more than six months ago.

HMM Algeciras will depart on Monday, carrying UK exports on her return journey to China via Singapore.

Peter Livey, managing director for Britain at shipping company HMM, which owns the vessel, described its maiden voyage as a “major milestone”.

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He said: “Ships of this size give us the capacity and flexibility to get our customers’ goods to the right place at the right time.”

DP World UK chief executive Ernst Schulze said the commitment of his staff has been “critical” to London Gateway remaining open throughout the coronavirus lockdown.

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HMM Algeciras, the world's largest container ship, towers over houses as it passes Canvey Island in Essex.
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Two men stop to take pictures as the huge vessel arrives in the UK for the first time.
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A speedboat in the water looks tiny against the Algeciras.
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The ship arrived on Canvey Island on Sunday.
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People line the sea wall to watch as the boat heads into the port to deliver goods.
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The 'ultra-large container vessel' (ULCV) is 1,312ft (400m) long and 200ft (61m) wide.
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Its journey to the UK began in China and it has also been to South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
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The boat departs from Hamburg Port in Germany on 10 June.
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People gather to watch the ship departing from Hamburg Port.
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The vessel is the first in a series of 12 ships in the 24,000 TEU class and was built in South Korea.
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Algeciras is sailing under the flag of Panama.
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