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Port of Felixstowe Celebrates New Service

17th May 2011


The number of services connecting Port of Felixstowe with the all-important Asian market has been increased with MSC’s Lion Service commencing calls at the Suffolk port, providing one of the fastest available eastbound connections for UK exporters.

The service commenced with a call from the MSC Bruxelles, but from July 2011, the 9,200 TEU class vessels will be replaced with MSC’s largest container vessels, commencing with the 14,000 TEU MSC Livorno.

David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports UK Ltd, which owns the Port of Felixstowe commented:

“The inclusion of the Port of Felixstowe on the Lion Service schedule is a great vote of confidence for the port and Felixstowe has a unique capability as the only UK port which can accommodate the next generation of container ships. With our new berths in their final phases of testing, and due to come online later this year, we will have additional capacity for these ultra-large ships.”

He continued:

“Combined with the port’s additional advantages including the UK’s busiest intermodal rail terminal, a range of coastal feeder services, a flexible workforce and a commitment to service delivery, Felixstowe can offer importers and exporters a choice of transport solutions that are unparalleled and will remain so in the future.”
The port rotation for the Lion Service will be: Qingdao, Pusan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Chiwan, Sines, Le Havre, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Felixstowe, GioiaTauro, Singapore, Chiwan, and Hong Kong.

ENDS

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

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. 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 50 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.