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Harwich International Port to Host Seventh ‘Sea Port Role Play Day’
Essex Fire Crew speak to students

19th September 2011

Harwich International Port, and Essex County Council, in conjunction with the Haven Gateway Partnership, will be holding a 'Sea Port Role Play Day' on 20th September 2011, in the Cruise Terminal at the Port. This will be the seventh year that the event, codenamed ‘Exercise Haven Seaports’, has been held, and it is expected to attract over 100 students from local schools.

The aim of the Exercise is to help students from Colchester and Tendring develop their employability skills and an opportunity to work alongside professionals from a number of service industries.

Students will play out an imaginary scenario in which several vessels are damaged in the Harwich Haven, and they will take on the role of the sectors involved in the emergency response - Harwich International Port, Essex County Council, Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, East of England Ambulance Service, the RNLI, The Salvation Army, Harwich Haven Authority, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the two windfarms companies Fluor and Aarsleff who operate in the area.

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

“It is a great testament to this event’s enduring success that it is now into its seventh year. In a year where we have had a close-up view of the challenges and pressures facing young people today, and their increasing disillusionment with society, it is important to highlight the opportunities and rewards available to those dedicated to achieving. We hope to inspire students to achieve their full potential, and discover as-yet untapped skills of leadership, lateral thinking and teamwork, skills which will serve them well when embarking upon their chosen career paths.”

Throughout the day, students will be required to make important decisions and to respond to ever-changing conditions that are affected by external factors beyond their control. The safety of passengers, customer service and logistical issues will all have to be taken into consideration, whilst at the same time ensuring that resources are managed as effectively as possible. 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.harwich.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.