Biggest container ships will miss port

Biggest container ships will miss port

Biggest container ships will miss port

First published in Readers' Letters

D R SMITH (Letters, February 18), refers to “Southampton’s unique geographical and tidal superiority”

as an argument for a container port at Dibden Bay. This is nonsense and if this is the best he can come up with, the chances of a Dibden Bay scheme on the Waterside (ie not in Southampton) are even more of a dead duck than they were when ABP’s plans were thrown out previously.

The fact is the largest container ships do not, cannot, and will not navigate their way up Southampton Water, unlike the situation in Felixstowe, Rotterdam and Antwerp.

This is due to the lack of depth on this approach which cannot be overcome even by the largest dredge because of the distance along Southampton Water, the Thorn Channel and out to the Nab.

And before anyone says “double tide”, this is irrelevant because the tides are simply not high enough.

Container ships sailing in an easterly direction up the English Channel, whether via the Suez Canal or anywhere else, are likely to do so on the south side of the Channel – 80 per cent of the containers on these vessels are bound for the continent of Europe.

Thus the great majority of ships would have to make a special detour to come into Southampton at greater expense in time and money.

As I mentioned previously, the Thames Estuary ports have in place all the necessary permissions for expansion and are better placed geographically to receive these big ships, being more or less opposite the key ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.

For these reasons, Mr Smith’s suggestion that investors are ready to put billions of pounds into a new terminal at Dibden Bay is absurd.

COUNCILLOR DI BROOKS, Totton (Conservative).

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10:55am Wed 5 Mar 14

Forest Resident says...

Very well said Councillor. Dibden Bay? NO WAY!
Very well said Councillor. Dibden Bay? NO WAY! Forest Resident
  • Score: -5

12:34pm Wed 5 Mar 14

andyk77 says...

Not one to make you look stupid councillor, but your comment "The fact is the largest container ships do not, cannot, and will not navigate their way up Southampton Water" is absolute tripe!
We all now the CMA CGM Marco Polo, the WORLD's largest container ship has visited the port on a number of occasions!
Not one to make you look stupid councillor, but your comment "The fact is the largest container ships do not, cannot, and will not navigate their way up Southampton Water" is absolute tripe! We all now the CMA CGM Marco Polo, the WORLD's largest container ship has visited the port on a number of occasions! andyk77
  • Score: 8

4:50pm Wed 5 Mar 14

loosehead says...

I might be a Tory but vote winning(you hope) letters like this are a joke we've already had the biggest Container Ships here & will be able to take even any they build that are bigger,
Why didn't you complain when Southampton you know that dreadful city built Calmore Southampton overspill estate?
My parents received a letter from the city council of moving to the new Southampton estate called Calmore when it was built.
I might be a Tory but vote winning(you hope) letters like this are a joke we've already had the biggest Container Ships here & will be able to take even any they build that are bigger, Why didn't you complain when Southampton you know that dreadful city built Calmore Southampton overspill estate? My parents received a letter from the city council of moving to the new Southampton estate called Calmore when it was built. loosehead
  • Score: 3

10:24am Sun 9 Mar 14

Pepers says...

I not read this much rubbish for a while ! Thanks for the laugh councilor Di.
I not read this much rubbish for a while ! Thanks for the laugh councilor Di. Pepers
  • Score: 4

6:50pm Tue 11 Mar 14

lyndelou says...

You obviously don't watch the local news councillor , when the Marco Polo the largest container ship in the world was berthed on southampton container terminal it was it was shown on the local TV news channel you need to look at your facts before commenting
You obviously don't watch the local news councillor , when the Marco Polo the largest container ship in the world was berthed on southampton container terminal it was it was shown on the local TV news channel you need to look at your facts before commenting lyndelou
  • Score: 1

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