The largest container ship ever to arrive at the Port of Tyne has sailed into the river.
At 168m long and almost four times the capacity of most container ships visiting the Port, the Calisto sailed into the record books for the largest container vessel ever operated at the Port of Tyne’s Container Terminal in South Shields.
Her arrival marks the start of a new container service linking the Russian port of St Petersburg with the Port of Tyne.
Managed by Seago Line, one of the world’s largest short-sea container operators and part of the Maersk Group, the route will operate an eight-day service.
The Seago Line service supports the Port of Tyne’s existing container traffic operated by Unifeeder and BG Freight providing connectivity to Bremerhaven, Copenhagen, Felixstowe, Grangemouth, Helsingborg, Rotterdam and St Petersburg.
Richard Newton, Port of Tyne commercial manager logistics, said: “The Port’s recent £6m investment in a second gantry crane has enabled this increase in business.
“The Calisto is almost 60% longer than most container vessels visiting the Port, and its capacity of 1,578 twenty feet equivalent size containers confirms the real potential to further grow the Port’s container volumes.”
The Port of Tyne handles containers encompassing a mix of imports and exports for some of the UK’s leading brands including, Nissan, Tetley Tea, Barbour, JML, Argos, Tommee Tippee and many more.
Immediately the new service will see container exports from the Port of Tyne increase by around 50% and could increase the Port’s distribution business by 5%, with the opportunity for customers to add further value through Port of Tyne’s warehousing operations as business grows.