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Thamesport Welcomes Traffic Boost

Wednesday 29th August 2007

Thamesport (London) Limited has welcomed the largest vessel ever handled at the Port. The 352m Adrian Maersk operates on Maersk’s AE1 Far East service. This latest call by the world’s largest container Line at Thamesport will be followed, on Sunday 2nd September, by the Arthur Maersk, sister ship of the Adrian Maersk. Both vessels have been diverted from their normal slots at Southampton Container Terminals (SCT).

The calls follow successful visits to the Medway Port by the Sovereign Maersk, and the Chastine Maersk, in recent weeks. The vessels, which operate on the AE8 and AE1 services respectively, were also diverted from Southampton.

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer for Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of Thamesport (London) Limited commented:

“Thamesport is the only deep water container terminal in the UK currently able to accommodate a significant increase in container volumes. The successful handling of these calls has proved that it is an excellent choice for shippers, with excellent turnaround times, and no congestion”.

He continued:

“We have established an excellent relationship with Maersk Line throughout the many years of working together, and are more than happy to accommodate their vessels at Thamesport”.

Thamesport is currently operating at just sixty-five percent of its available capacity. Vehicle turn times average less than 45 minutes, with 7-9 minutes in the Empty Park at the port.

The 6,750-TEU Bangkok Express was also handled at Thamesport earlier in the year, and had been similarly diverted from SCT. It was the first Grand Alliance vessel to be handled at the Medway port in eleven months.

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.thamesport.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 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. Committed to innovation, HPH is one of the most technologically advanced port operators in the industry. Today, HPH has operating rights in a total of 257 berths in 45 ports, and owns a number of transportation-related service companies. In 2006, the HPH Group handled a combined throughput of 59.3 million TEU worldwide.

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