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Harwich International Port Celebrates New Transit Call
Daren Taylor, General Manager, Harwich International Port, presents Captain Toledo with a commemorative plaque.

28th August 2012

Harwich International Port welcomed the inaugural call of the Grand Mistral on Monday 27th August 2012. This call marks the first ever call of the Iberocruceros cruise line at the Essex port.

The ship has been deployed in the Norwegian Fjords during the summer months and arrives at Harwich International from Copenhagen. The Spanish cruise line, which is owned by Carnival Corp, has chosen Harwich for one of only two calls on its UK itinerary this year. The ship, which is 48,200 gross tonnes and 216 metres in length, has a capacity for nearly 1,700 passengers and departed early evening en route to Amsterdam.

Commenting on the call, Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs for Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd which owns Harwich International Port, said:

"The decision by Iberocruceros to include Harwich International on its itinerary is evidence of the interest in the UK cruise market and the importance of Harwich as a destination in its own right. As well as providing a welcome boost for the local economy, cruise passengers will be able to enjoy the very best of Britain, both locally and further afield, with convenient links to traditional countryside towns and vibrant cities, and a historic maritime town right on the doorstep. ”

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.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. Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator. The HPH network of port operations comprises 318 berths in 52 ports, spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, HPH has expanded internationally into other logistics, transportation-related and hotel businesses. These include cruise ship terminals, airport and hotel operations, distribution centres, rail services, and ship repair facilities. In 2011, the HPH port network handled a combined throughput of 75.1 million TEU worldwide.