21st March 2006
Harwich International Port is expecting a bumper crop of flowers across its quay this week in the run-up to Mothers’ Day on 26th March 2006.
Traditionally, volumes of roll-on/roll-off traffic at the Essex port have increased significantly around this time of year due the influx of flowers, as well as plants, coming in from Holland for Mothers’ Day. Harwich International Port is this year expecting up to an additional 300 vehicles to import flowers and plants on the Hook of Holland - Harwich route to supply the nation’s mothers with their favourite gifts.
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns Harwich International Port, said:
“Harwich International Port is one of the UK’s leading ports for roll-on/roll-off traffic, with excellent links to the Netherlands via the Stena Line Hook of Holland service. Because of our strategic location and competitive transit times, we have seen this seasonal trend at Harwich for some years now; volumes of trailers containing flowers and plants start to rise in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, and continue to perform strongly through Mothers’ Day to the Easter period.”
Harwich International Port sees a peak of up to 2,000 lorries coming in on the Hook of Holland service in the week immediately prior to Mothering Sunday each year. These lorries arrive from the flower and plant growing regions of Holland, namely Aalsmeer, south of Schipol, and Westland, near to the Hook.
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Harwich International Port (HWH) is one of the UK’s leading multi-purpose freight and passenger ports with excellent road and rail links to the Midlands, London and the South East. It is ideally located for North Sea freight and passenger traffic to and from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, offering first class ro-ro, ferry, container and bulk operations.
HWH 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 20 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 247 berths in 42 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.