DP World Southampton has taken over an extra 11.2 acres of land at the north east edge of its terminal on the Solent.
The extension will create 640 extra ground spaces to store containers and bring the size of the terminal to almost 100 hectares.
The investment will help the terminal meet the needs of the mega vessels which call each year by providing new land, container handling equipment and quayside cranes.
As well as creating more container capacity, the 11.2 acres also supports operations at SCT 5 - the terminal’s newest and largest deep-water berth, which opened in March 2014.
The new land behind this berth enables shorter run distances for straddle carriers taking containers to and from the stack, improving productivity overall.
Nick Loader, chief executive officer at DP World Southampton, said: “Container ships are getting bigger all the time. The 11.2 acres of new land will allow us to increase the utilisation of SCT 5.
“It will also help us to be much more efficient so that DP World Southampton can continue to load and unload vessels faster than any other container terminal in the UK.
“Our customers tell us that we are the most productive terminal in the UK and we intend to stay that way.”