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A ship the length of four football pitches has graced the Thames with its presence – making it the biggest-ever container ship to sail on the river.

Munkebo Maersk docked at London Gateway only last week and was guided in and out of the Thames by PLA pilots.

Measuring an incredible 399 metres long and 60 metres wide, the 195,000 tonne, Triple-E class vessel was loaded with a few thousand containers before setting off for the Far East.

Its visit came just weeks after the equally impressive, 366 metre long Edith Maersk called at London Gateway.

The container ship’s call also comes just two weeks after London Gateway announced plans for a new 400-metre berth at London Gateway, which should be ready for business next year.

PLA chief executive Robin Mortimer said: “We were really pleased to help safely guide the Munkebo Maersk to her berth. Welcoming ships of this size is becoming business as usual for our pilots, harbour masters and port control teams.”

London Gateway chief executive Simon Moore, said: “This is yet another record and landmark moment for DP World London Gateway.

“By welcoming Munkebo Maersk we have demonstrated again that we are more than capable of handling the world’s biggest container ships, in this case operating on the Asia-Europe routes.” See time-lapse footage of Munkebo Maersk arriving at London Gateway:

 
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