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Harwich International Port Celebrates Gangway Opening
8th September 2009

Harwich International Port today (Tuesday 8th September) celebrates the official opening of its new state-of-the-art passenger boarding bridge. The gangway, which represents a multi-million pound investment by the port’s owner, Hutchison Ports (UK), will be officially opened by the leader of Essex County Council, Lord Hanningfield.

The new cruise passenger gangway, built by TEAM of Barcelona, is designed to accommodate the world’s largest cruise vessels. It is air-conditioned and has excellent flexibility, being capable of elevating up to 10 metres and with a range along the quay of 25 metres. It was installed and ready for the first call of the 2009 cruise season, together with expanded security facilities, on 2nd May. Its official opening takes place on the occasion of the last “transit” (day) call and shortly before the very last cruise turnaround call of the season.

David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK), commented:

“As one of the UK’s top cruise facilities, it is important that we are able to provide the best facilities available to our customers as the cruise sector continues to expand. Our new boarding bridge is at the cutting edge of market innovation and technology, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this industry’s development.”

The official opening will take place during a special day of celebrations, including a reception on board the 15-deck, 2,114-passenger cruise ship Costa Atlantica, and a craft fair showing off the very best of local skills.

In total the port has seen 53 cruise calls, including five transit calls (day calls) in the 2009 season, with passenger throughput exceeding last year’s totals. In addition, Harwich has another reason to celebrate – it is short-listed, along with Venice and Southampton, for the prestigious title of Turnaround Port of the Year in the international Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards 2009, to be announced later this month.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

For further information, or a photograph, please contact Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs, on Tel No: +44 (0)1394 602063, or e-mail daveyps@hpuk.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. HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 49 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies.