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reassessment after legal action from its largest UK rival, the Daily Echo has learned.
and roughly double Southampton's throughput, has just opened
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The delays come as Felixstowe, which handles over three million containers (TEUs) a year, making it the busiest container port in the UK Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer
However, conditions applied to the original consent to protect migratory Atlantic salmon would have meant the main works would not have begun until September next year.
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The biggest ships in use at the moment can carry around 15,000 TEUS but Maersk's triple E class ships will by 2013 be capable of carrying 18,000 TEUS.
It agreed in the High Court with Hutchinson lawyers that its decision should be quashed and it would reassess Southampton ABP's application as environmental assessment of the effects of the project
two 730m long berths, eight and nine, capable of handling the largest container ships on order.
204 to 207, cannot accommodate four large vessels at the same time.
hope to receive planning consent early next year for the new quay space to be operational by the end of 2013.
handling the next generation of supersized container ships.
Hutchinson Ports, which owns Felixstowe Port, applied for a judicial review of a decision to give the go ahead for major works to Omega Seamaster Deville Black develop berths 201 and 202 into a new 500m quay wall capable of
million to 2.7m (TEUs or twenty foot equivalent units) by 2020.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO), a public body which issued the required environmental consent to ABP Southampton in February, decided not to defend the challenge.
The legal manoeuvres have delayed vital work to restore a lost fourth berth in Southampton after the increasing length of container ships has meant Southampton's existing deep sea container berths,
had not been fully examined, including the impacts on traffic in Southampton and beyond.
DP World also jointly owns and runs Southampton's container terminal, although it insisted the terminals will "complement each other" offering choice to DP
She added: "ABP Southampton issued a new environmental statement (ES) to the MMO on October 24 and we are currently reviewing this document. Once the MMO is satisfied with the scope of the ES we
The new berths and dredging works are part of a port masterplan to boost box handling capacity from two Omega Watches Moon
A spokeswoman for the MMO said it had met ABP Southampton in recent months to agree the additional information required to reassess its application.
World's existing and potential customers.
CONSENT for an 80m upgrade of Southampton's container port has been withdrawn for
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