How to navigate the world’s biggest freight train in 2019
The world’s largest container ship, the Lincoln Navigator, is set to leave the port of Birmingham and head west to join the largest cargo ship ever assembled in the UK.
The Lincoln Navigators move from the port in the Midlands to the West Midlands port of Leeds, which will be the second container ship to dock at Leeds from 2019.
The Navigators will join the Royal Mail’s new Lidl UK fleet of four ships, which are being assembled at the UK’s new shipyard, Newport News Shipbuilding.
The new Lids will sail from the UK port of Plymouth to Liverpool, arriving at the new Liddell Dock in the town of Bournemouth on September 28.
The ships are expected to be docked by mid-2019.
The Lids have been built on the Clyde in the past but have not been used to transport large cargo ships since the closure of the Clyde Port of Entry in 2019.
Lincoln Navigator (LN) is a 100-metre long, 280-tonne container ship that has been designed and built by Liddel Dock, a company based in Lincolnshire, UK.
Lincoln’s container ship is built on a modified version of the Lincoln City Shipyard’s Liddells Class, which is currently undergoing a major overhaul.
The ship’s new hull is designed to withstand the rigours of the ocean while its long and wide bow is designed for greater stability and a higher capacity.
It has been built to handle the most challenging conditions and has a range of sensors to help the ship operate safely.
During its first two years of operation, the ship was used by US-based cruise ship operator Carnival Cruise Lines.
The ship has been in operation since 2011 and carries more than 7,000 tonnes of cargo, with about 2,200 tonnes of coal, 2,100 tonnes of iron ore and 400 tonnes of seafood.
The ships new route will bring the ship closer to the UK, which has been one of the biggest markets for cargo in the world, with annual cargo volume reaching £2.9 billion in 2019, according to the US State Department.