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World's biggest container ship MSC Gulsun heading to Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 18:05 05 September 2019 | UPDATED: 18:05 05 September 2019

The MSC Gulsun will arrive at Felixstowe via Rotterdam, before heading to Suez in Egypt Picture: MSC RIGHTS

The MSC Gulsun will arrive at Felixstowe via Rotterdam, before heading to Suez in Egypt Picture: MSC RIGHTS

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Fancy an early hours trip to the Viewpoint? There's a chance to see the world's biggest container ship arrive.

The world's largest container ship, the MSC Gulsun, is set to visit the Port of Felixstowe Picture: IVAN SARFATTI/MSC RIGHTSThe world's largest container ship, the MSC Gulsun, is set to visit the Port of Felixstowe Picture: IVAN SARFATTI/MSC RIGHTS

The mammoth MSC Gulsun will arrive at the Port of Felixstowe in a few hours' time - currently scheduled for 3am tomorrow.

Coming from Rotterdam on its journey to Suez in Egypt, the 233,500-ton ship is on its maiden voyage and will berth at Berths 8&9 at Trinity Terminal. and will be visible from the viewing area at Landguard.

The vessel can hold a staggering 23,756 standard-sized containers.

Altogether, the ship which is the length of four football pitches at 400m, can carry 223 million bananas or a whopping 47,512 cars.

The ship, which is longer than the height of the Empire State Building, can carry 223 million bananas Picture: MSC RIGHTSThe ship, which is longer than the height of the Empire State Building, can carry 223 million bananas Picture: MSC RIGHTS

Owners MSC say it has the lowest carbon footprint by design and is able to transport the equivalent of 1,358 Boeing 747 plane loads or 14,072 heavy truck loads.

The ship was built at the Samsung Heavy Industries Geoje shipyard in South Korea with the hopes of boosting the trade of food, drink pharmaceutical and other chilled and frozen items between Asia and Europe.

This isn't the first time the port has welcomed record-holding ships - with a string of them having visited over the years, each gradually getting bigger and bigger, able to carry ever-larger numbers of boxes.

The most recent record breaker was the OOCL Hong Kong in 2017.

Despite the ship arriving in the middle of the night, there is bound to be a group of enthusiasts to greet it.

Keep up to date with the latest arrival time here.

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