The biggest ever container ship to dock at Teesport arrived on Tuesday.

The Adelheid-S, operated by global shipping company MSC, spans a length of 222.5m, 32.2m wide and can carry 3,400 twenty-foot containers.

The mammoth vessel arrived after an 18-hour journey from Antwerp in Belgium.

The Port’s three dock-side cranes unloaded 852 containers before the Adelheid-S departed on Wednesday morning for its return to Antwerp.

Frans Calje, PD Ports’ CEO, said: “The covid-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of the global supply chain to our region’s economy.

“As one of the UK’s major pieces of infrastructure, Teesport has continued to operate throughout this global crisis, keeping the country supplied with imports of food, fuel, pharmaceuticals and other goods essential to everyday life.

“We continue to invest heavily in our facilities at Teesport to support the rise in demand for trade passing through the North of the UK.