As one of the largest ports in Europe and the largest container port in the United Kingdom, the Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the U.K.’s premier port and serves as a major hub for distribution and international transshipments for many of the world’s shipping lines.  PFL offers facilities for deep-sea, short-sea and feeder operations in addition to two rail terminals. These features have allowed the port to become the busiest in the U.K. and accounts for over 40% of the country’s import and export trade. PFL is located in the Haven Gateway sub-region on the U.K.’s southeast coast and provides easy access for vessels calling at any of the major European ports. Less than 100 kilometers northeast of London, Felixstowe Port is England’s closest port to Rotterdam and the Netherlands’ Europort. Felixstowe South is in the midst of a development project which involves the building of a new deep-water container terminal and the provisioning of a third rail terminal. The project is scheduled to be complete by 2014.


Port of Felixstowe birds eye view

Courtesy of the Port of Felixstowe

  • Total Area (hectares)                            324
  • Container Berths                                     9
  • Ro-Ro Berths                                          2
  • Other Berths                                           4
  • Total Berth Length (m)                       3,773
  • Depth Alongside (m)                         7.3-16
  • Container Quay Cranes                           29
  • Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes                     6
  • Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes                   94
  • Mobile Cranes                                         5
  • Container Freight Station (sq m)          6,000
  • Warehouse (sq m)                            68,987
  • Reefer Plugs                                      1,505



Temperatures in Felixstowe Port range from an average high of 17 °C (63 °F) in August to an average low of under 4 °C (39 °F) in January.