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Port of Felixstowe Invests in New Oil Booms
14th July 2008

Port of Felixstowe Invests in New Oil Booms

The Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of two brand new Marine Oil Spill Containment Booms.

Deployed to contain marine oil spills, though these are rare, the booms are each 250 metres in length, and able to withstand up to two tonnes of tensile stress. In combination, they will allow the Port’s Emergency Services to isolate and contain oil spillages from vessels of any size.

Manufactured by Vikoma, the world leader in the design and manufacture of oil and chemical pollution control systems, the new, high-performance booms are made from a high quality polyester, PVC and nitrile polymer and are coated with a protective compound for ease of maintenance. They are stored on two hydraulic reels, which allow rapid deployment in the event of an incident.

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

“As the UK’s largest port, we treat environmental safety as paramount. The new equipment is an essential asset to our operations and will provide us with the most effective protection in the event of an oil spill.”

He added:

“The Port of Felixstowe has always co-operated with other ports in the Harwich Haven, as part of the Haven Oil Working Group, to provide a combined response to any pollution incidents. By pooling all of the equipment at our disposal, the ports are able to offer a more efficient response and to maximise the level of environmental protection available.”

The Port has also invested in additional skimming and tank equipment to allow the Port’s Emergency Services to recover any oil trapped by the boom, and to store recovered waste oil for professional disposal.


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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.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 a total of 47 ports, spanning 24 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies.