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Spotted: Madrid Maersk Giant Visits Felixstowe

first_imgImage Courtesy: Port of FelixstoweThe 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk, the largest container ship to call in North Europe so far, has made its maiden call at the UK’s Port of Felixstowe.Operated on the 2M NEU2 Asia to Europe service, the giant has arrived at the port with over 6,000 TEU for the UK loaded in China and Malaysia.“The Port of Felixstowe is firmly established as the port of first-choice in the UK for the largest mega ships. We were the first in the UK to handle this latest class of vessel and continue to offer the widest and most frequent range of services on the major Asia – Europe trade,” Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said.Built by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), the Madrid Maersk is 399 metres long, has a beam of 58.6 metres and is the first of Maersk Line’s 2nd generation Triple-Es, known officially as the EEE Mark II.Delivery of the remaining ten Triple-E Mark II’s is expected to take place between now and the middle of 2018.The 2M service has called at Felixstowe since its inception in January 2015. In addition to its core members, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), capacity is also now offered on 2M sailings by Hamburg Süd and Hyundai Merchant Marine.last_img read more

Gregoire talks budget in Vancouver public forum

first_imgGov. Chris Gregoire came to Clark County on Tuesday to ask for help making permanent changes in the services that Washington’s financially strapped state government will provide in the future. But at a public meeting at Clark College, attended by about 400 people, most speakers advocated for preserving state funding, whether for higher education, welfare-to-work programs, school levy equalization or environmental protection. Gregoire said state government will face an additional $3 billion deficit in the 2011-13 budget cycle and a projected $9 billion deficit in 2013-15, driven in part by increased demand for state-subsidized health care, unemployment insurance payments and other social services.The coming budget crisis is “a new challenge for us, it’s a different challenge,” Gregoire said. “This is not just about getting through a crisis. This is about transforming state government to meet the needs of a new economy.”To that end, she has appointed a bipartisan panel of prominent Washington citizens to advise her and is holding hearings around the state.She has also directed all state agencies to ask themselves a series of probing questions: Is the activity an essential service? Does state government have to provide it? Does it have to be paid for with the state general fund, or can user fees be charged? Is there a more efficient way to provide it?last_img read more