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Deben High Students Help to Make the Port of Felixstowe a Safer Place
Paul Williams, Safety Manager (Operations) at the Port of Felixstowe (left) and David Wilson, Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited's Head of Health and Safety, are pictured with winner Lucy Ellery (2nd from left) and runner-up Gemma Casburn of Deben High School and their prize-winning designs.
30th October 2008

Students from Deben High School have helped to make the Port of Felixstowe a safer place by taking part in a safety poster campaign, aimed at encouraging drivers to slow down when driving within the Port.

Earlier in the year, the Port’s Accident Reduction Committee decided to involve a local school in the design of a series of posters and metal roadside signs to promote the 20mph maximum speed limit for driving within the Port, and also to highlight the potential impacts of not adhering to this limit. Students from Deben High School – which is an Arts Specialist College – were chosen, and were tasked with producing the colourful, eye-catching designs.

The winning design was created by Lucy Ellery, who produced a poster featuring two lorries colliding, with the thought-provoking slogan, ‘Hit your brakes not your mates’. Runner-up was Gemma Casburn, with a simple, yet striking, design of a lorry with the 20mph speed limit prominently displayed. At a special assembly at Deben High School, David Wilson, Head of Health and Safety at Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited – which owns the Port of Felixstowe – presented both students with state-of-the-art digital cameras in recognition of their efforts.

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, said:

“A safe and efficient workplace benefits both the Port, its customers and its employees, and we are dedicated to the promotion of good safety practices across the whole of our business.

“We were pleased to enlist the assistance of Deben High School art students to help to encourage safer and more considerate driving practices from all drivers accessing the Port. We were extremely impressed with the high quality of the entries into our safety competition, and we are sure that the eye-catching designs will make drivers think twice about speeding within the Port.”

The posters of the two winning designs have been put on display in rest rooms at the Port, and over 20 permanent metal signs have been erected around the site.

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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.