zoom Britain’s Port of Felixstowe will now be able to accommodate two of the world’s largest containerships simultaneously with the latest extension of Berth 9, which has been officially put in operation today.This 190-metre extension increases significant capability of the port which has already handled more than eighty ships of 18,000+TEU in 2015.The quay length of the port’s newest terminal is now 920 metres, and the total quay length in the port nearly 4,000 metres.Dr Therese Coffey MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, who officially opened the extension, said:“Felixstowe was the first port in the UK to handle these vessels and this latest development will help ensure UK exports reach overseas markets in the most efficient way possible.”Coffey added that with the increasing proportion of UK trade moving on containerships the ports are in need of such facilities.Port of Felixstowe has acquired three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes to work on the extended terminal. The cranes are capable of working vessels with containers stacked 10-high, and 24-wide, on deck. There are now 10 cranes on Berths 8 and 9 and 36 in the port as a whole.“The Berth 9 Extension represents the latest phase of development at the Port of Felixstowe. Our programme of continued investment has ensured that the UK remains a destination for direct calls by the latest generation of mega-ships,” Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of HPH Europe division, said.The Port of Felixstowe is the largest container port in the UK, handling 44% of all UK container traffic.
Centre Court largely emptied after Nadal’s match, as even those with prized show court tickets could not resist the temptation to abandon the tennis, returning later to watch Kyle Edmund, the British number one, take on three-times Wimbledon winner Nova Djokovic.Monty Parker, 28 and his girlfriend Alex Mahon, 29, had Centre Court tickets but left to watch the England game.“There was no discussion. This is what we’re doing and that’s that,” said Ms Mahon, who works in corporate well being. “He was not going to miss it for anything. I don’t know much about football, but it’s what we had to do.” Huge cheers went up in Centre and Number One Courts and up on the hill when England’s 2-0 victory was confirmed. Edith Macauley, 65, a retired legal executive from Rayner Park, even burst into a spontaneous rendition of ‘Football’s Coming Home’.There had even been split loyalties inside the prestigious Royal Box, where several sporting heroes were guests of honour.Sir Bobby Charlton, who played for England’s 1966 World Cup winning team left after Nadal’s victory to watch the rest of the England match.Not even the ball boys and girls could tear themselves away. During their rest period they were allowed to watch the football on some of the TV screens in their quarters. A football fan streams the World Cup Quarter Final action on a phone during the Simona Halep match on No.1 CourtCredit:James Marsh/BPI/REX/Shutterstock Some of the world’s great players may have been sweating it out on court in temperatures of 31C but tennis played second fiddle to football at Wimbledon yesterday.As the number two seed Rafael Nadal battled Australian Alex De Minaur on Centre Court hundreds of spectators poured out of the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.Their destination? Wimbledon Village, 15 minutes walk away, where England’s game against Sweden was being shown on screens at bars, pubs and restaurants.Hundreds queued at the gates of the AELTC for pass out bands, allowing them re-entry to the grounds later in the day, before rushing up to Wimbledon village to watch Harry Kane and his men played for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––At one stage so many wanted to leave that security guards struggled to keep up with demand for the wrist bands. At the Rose and Crown pub in Wimbledon village there were chants of “get the tennis off” as fans waited eagerly for the football.Clive McCabe, from Twickenham, who had seats on Court One, said: “It’s the most people who have left Wimbledon on middle Saturday between 1pm and 2pm. There’s more people leaving than going in.”On Henman Hill – where fans sweltered on one of the hottest days of the year – dozens kept an eye on the England game with mobile phones and tablets, taking advantage of the AELTC’s wif-fi, while the day’s tennis was being shown on the giant screen in front of them. As Nick Luen, 23, a technical support officer, put it: “Wimbledon is every year, but we’ve never seen England with a chance of reaching the semis of a World Cup in our lifetime. That had to come first.”His friend Amy Rolls, 24, an assistant psychologist, added: “We had to leave to watch the game. We couldn’t have missed it.” Sir Bobby Charlton, who played for England’s 1966 World Cup winning team left after Nadal’s victory to watch the rest of the England matchCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.