Britain’s biggest ship the Kerguelen arrives in the south

Britain's biggest ship the Kerguelen. Picture: William Rivet via Twitter
Britain's biggest ship the Kerguelen. Picture: William Rivet via Twitter
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Britain’s biggest ship has arrived in the south.

The CMA CGM Kerguelen, the largest British-registered ship, sailed into Southampton this morning.

The vessel is the third-largest container ship in the world at 398m long and 54m wide, and can carry up to 17,722 20ft containers.

The visit to Southampton is the first and only UK stop on the Kerguelen’s maiden voyage, and it will remain docked there until around 8am tomorrow.

The ship, built in South Korea at Samsung Heavy Industries’ shipyard, can transport almost 200,000 tonnes of goods and its engine generates 14 megawatts of power - the equivalent of 16,000 homes.

The Kerguelen arrived in the UK from the French port of Le Havre, and will next travel to Hamburg.