The arrival of the massive vessel had to be modeled on a simulator to ensure it could be carried out safely.
The world’s biggest container ship, around the same size as four football pitches, has arrived in the UK for the first time.
HMM Algeciras is so large its arrival had to be modeled on a simulator to ensure it could be carried out safely.
The 1,312ft (400m) long and 200ft (61m) wide ship is delivering a variety of goods at DP World London Gateway in Thurrock.
Its journey to the UK began in China and it has also been to South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.
Preparations started more than six months ago, with the Port of London Authority carrying out simulator modeling.
The vessel is due to leave Britain on Monday taking UK goods back to China via Singapore.
Peter Livey, managing director for Britain at shipping company HMM, which owns the vessel, described its maiden voyage as a “major milestone”.