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Harwich International Port Hosts Sixth ‘Sea Port Role Play’ Day
29th September 2010


Harwich International Port will host the ever-popular ‘Exercise Haven Seaports’ on Tuesday 5th October 2010. Working with Essex County Council, in conjunction with the Haven Gateway Partnership, the 'Sea Port Role Play Day' will, once again take place in the Cruise Terminal at the Port. This popular event is in its sixth year, and expectations are high that it will attract over 100 students from local schools.

The Exercise aims to educate students from the Colchester and Tendring areas about the varied employment opportunities within the Haven Gateway. Students are given the opportunity to work alongside professionals from the major service industries in the area.

A hypothetical emergency scenario involving the collision of several vessels in the Harwich Haven will be used for the purposes of the role-play. The students will be tasked with adopting the roles of the various sectors involved with responding to the emergency; Harwich International Port, Essex County Council Emergency Planning, Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, East of England Ambulance Service, the RNLI, Tendring District Council, The Salvation Army, Maritime Coastguard Agency and the Harwich Haven Authority. This year will see the addition of the St John’s Ambulance as a further resource.

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

”We are privileged to be involved in ‘Exercise Haven Seaports’ once again. As in previous years, we hope to inspire students to aim to achieve their full potential. This event, gives them the opportunity to explore a number of areas where they may potentially possess as yet, untapped skills of leadership, lateral thinking and teamwork, skills which will serve them well when embarking upon their chosen career paths. ‘Exercise Haven Seaports’ will, we hope, give the young people in the Tendring area an insight into the varied and interesting career opportunities open to them in the maritime and logistics sectors.”

The emergency scenario will run throughout the day, requiring the students to make key decisions in response to ever-changing conditions resulting from external factors beyond their control. Issues relating to passenger safety, customer service and logistical needs will have to be considered, whilst still ensuring that resources are managed as effectively and efficiently. As well as problem solving and decision-making, the students will learn important crisis management and communication skills by participating in the Exercise.

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Note to Editors:

For further information, please contact Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs, on Tel. No: +44 (0)1394 602063, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail: daveyps@hpuk.co.uk www.portoffelixstowe.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 51 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.