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Port Welcomes New EPIC2 Service
Friday 12th January 2007

The Port of Felixstowe has today, 12th January 2007, welcomed the first vessel of the new EPIC 2 (Europe Pakistan India Consortium) service, with the arrival of the 2,800-TEU CMA CGM Tulip.

A total of six vessels will be deployed on the new service, four provided by CMA CGM and one each provided by the other partners, Hamburg Sud and Hapag Lloyd. The service will run weekly out of Felixstowe, and will take six weeks to complete its rotation. The CMA CGM Tulip will arrive back in Felixstowe on 23rd February 2007.

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of the Port of Felixstowe, commented:

“It is a source of great pride for us that the Port of Felixstowe has been chosen as the UK port of call for the EPIC 2 service. It will enhance and strengthen Felixstowe’s already extensive links with the fast-growing markets of the Middle East and India. It is important that we continue to offer a wide range of carriers and services to UK importers and exporters”.

The port rotation of the new service will be: Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Le Havre, Alexandria, Suez, Karachi, Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Suez, Malta, Felixstowe.


Note to Editors:

For further information, or a PHOTOGRAPH of the vessel, please contact Rachael Jackson, Public Relations Manager, on Tel. No: +44 (0)1394 604167, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail: jacksonr@hpuk.co.uk www.portoffelixstowe.co.uk

Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 22 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 255 berths in 44 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 51.8 million TEU in 2005.