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Thamesport Invests in Latest New Equipment
25th October 2005

Thamesport (London) Limited has placed an order for 13 new terminal tractors, further evidence of the Medway port’s commitment to investing in the best equipment to maintain high levels of productivity and efficiency. The tractors will be supplied by MOL Group of Belgium, and are due for delivery in March 2006.

The new order means that eight of the older tractors will be replaced, whilst the other five will increase the current number of tractors operating on site to 40.

The extra investment in equipment has come at a time when Thamesport is seeing increased volumes, as the Port is able to host greater numbers of the latest generation of ultra-large container vessels.

David Gledhill, Chief Operating Officer of Thamesport, said:

“Thamesport is one of the most technologically advanced ports in Britain, and we have a commitment to our customers to deliver a high-class level of service. This new equipment will enable us to speed up turnaround times and to ensure that our high standards are maintained.”

The terminal tractors feature powerful 4x2 drivelines, capable of handling loads of up to 75 tonnes in weight. All tractors are built to a modern design, with ergonomic safety cabs, fulfilling ROPS (Roll-Over Protection Systems) and FOPS (Falling Object Protection Systems) safety tests. They feature the latest in chassis construction methods and low emission engine technologies.

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For further information, please contact Rachael Jackson, Corporate Affairs Officer, on Tel. No: +44 (0)1394 604167, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail: jacksonr@hpuk.co.uk

Thamesport (TMP) is located in the heart of South East England, 10 miles from the M2 motorway, 35 miles from London. It is one of the UK’s busiest container ports.

TMP is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in 19 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 236 berths in 40 ports, together with a number of transportation-related service companies. With industry-recognised core competence in the effective and efficient management and operation of ports, the HPH Group handled 47.8 million TEU in 2004.
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