The largest container ship in the world has departed the Port of Felixstowe after its first UK visit.

The MSC Loreto left at about 05:30 BST, having arrived at the container port in Suffolk at about 01:00 on Tuesday.

The Port of Rotterdam, one of its previous stops, said it had a capacity of 24,346 TEU (20ft equivalent units) – the world’s biggest container vessel.

It said it took over the title from the OOCL Spain, which has a capacity of 24,188 TEU.

The vessel, operated by the Swiss-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company and is registered in Liberia, started its maiden voyage from Ningbo in China in April.

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The Port of Felixstowe said about 8,500 TEUs would be exchanged before the 400m-long (1,300ft) ship departed.

It was due to leave at 23:59 on Thursday, but left several hours later.

Source : BBC