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Jobs Boost at the Port of Felixstowe
13th November 2002

In its ongoing efforts to improve the level of customer service that it offers, and to secure its ability to compete against other European ports, the Port of Felixstowe is looking to recruit additional quayside staff, to service an ever-increasing number of vessels.

The Port requires an additional 150 Port Operatives, to join its existing teams of Berth Operators and Tug Drivers. Subject to demand, there may be a requirement for a further 100-150 Port Operatives, to be recruited in the first half of 2003.

The jobs boost comes shortly after the Secretary of State’s decision to grant the Harbour Revision Order for the expansion of the Port’s Trinity Terminal. The 270-metre extension will create an estimated 400 new jobs, 230 during the construction phase and 170 when operational, and will safeguard employment for the many thousands in ancillary industries.

A Recruitment Day will be held at the Port on Saturday 16th November 2002. Anyone interested in applying for the new jobs should go to Tomline House at the Port, between 10.30am and 3.00pm. Tomline House is clearly signposted through Dock Gate No. 1.

Applicants should be over 21 years of age, physically fit, prepared to work shifts (day and night, in all weathers), and hold a full driving licence.

The Port already employs 2,600 people directly at Felixstowe, and many thousands of others are reliant upon it for their livelihoods. The Port contributes over £70 million a year in wages to the local economy.

Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owner of the Port of Felixstowe, is also set to create over 700 new jobs at Harwich International Port, if its plans to build a deep-sea container facility at Bathside Bay receive the go-ahead. These would provide a significant boost to an area in need of economic regeneration and inward investment.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

For further information, please contact, Paul Davey, Corporate Affairs Manager, on Tel No: +44 (0)1394 604987 or Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943, or E-mail daveyps@hpuk.co.uk

Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK and the fourth largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in 15 countries throughout Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 30 ports together with a number of transportation related service companies.