Largest ship to sail on Thames reaches London Gateway

Container ship Edith Maersk at London Gateway Image copyright London Gateway
Image caption The ship was carrying retail goods such as clothes and electronics

The largest ever ship to enter the River Thames has arrived.

The 397m (1,300ft) long, 56m (180ft) wide ship can carry up to 15,500 containers and is the second largest container ship in the world.

Called Edith Maersk, it docked at 06:00 BST at London Gateway having sailed from the Far East. It is due to set sail again later.

It is the biggest ship to stop at the deep water dock, which opened last year after a £1.5bn build.

Located 20 miles (32km) down the River Thames from London in Essex, it is one of three docks in the UK which is capable of handling the large container ships, known as Triple-E. The other two are Felixstowe and Southampton.

Following the arrival of Edith Maersk, which was carrying goods such as clothes and electronics, it is hoped that many more large container ships will use the dock.

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