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Harwich International Port Welcomes New Belgium Service
26th July 2007

Harwich International Port is set to welcome the first vessel on RoRoCo nv’s new Harwich to Ostend service on 31st July 2007, with the arrival of the 'Flanders Way'.

RoRoCo will initially operate one ferry on the route, offering a daily morning sailing. An additional ferry is soon to be deployed on the service, and an evening sailing will be offered, giving an eventual total of 11 sailings per week in each direction.

The 'Flanders Way' has a capacity of 1,045 freight lane metres, and can accommodate up to 78 trailers. The ferry covers the crossing from Harwich to Ostend in seven hours.

David Gledhill, Chief Operating Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns Harwich International Port, said:

“Harwich International Port is pleased to welcome RoRoCo nv’s new service to Ostend. Harwich is ideally located for short sea services to the North Continent, and this new service represents an important addition to the range of services that the Port is able to offer its customers.”

He added:

“This is the first time since 2000 that Harwich International Port has been able to offer a direct, scheduled service to Belgium. We hope that hauliers will recognise the strategic advantages of using a port that is able to offer services to both Holland and Belgium in their day-to-day route planning.”

RoRoCo nv also operates services from Ostend to terminals in Killingholme and Dartford in the UK.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

For further information, or a PHOTOGRAPH, 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.harwich.co.uk

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 subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 23 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 257 berths in 45 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 59.3 million TEU in 2006.