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Thamesport Continues Equipment Investment Programme
28th April 2005

Thamesport (London) Limited has taken delivery of a further eight new Terberg terminal tractors. These are in addition to the seven machines that arrived at the Port in October last year.

Thamesport currently has 35 terminal tractors operating on site. With a total area of 85 hectares, this injection of new equipment, to replace older, less efficient machines, will ensure faster turnaround times to and from the yard and quay.

In addition to the terminal tractors, Thamesport took delivery of three new Kalmar empty container handlers in March from Finning. These machines, Kalmar DCE90-45E7s, are capable of stacking seven high, and now enable the Port to handle empty containers even more quickly and efficiently.

David Gledhill, Chief Operating Officer of Thamesport, said:

“At Thamesport, we pride ourselves on being able to provide consistently high levels of productivity and service to our customers. By investing in the very best equipment and infrastructure available, we are ensuring that our customers continue to reap the benefits of shipping through the UK’s most technologically advanced port.”

The terminal tractors feature powerful 4x2 drivelines that are suitable for handling heavy cargo up to Gross Combination weights of 75 tons. All tractors are built to conform to a modular concept, with ergonomically designed safety cabs, fulfilling ROPS (Roll-Over Protection Systems) and FOPS (Falling Object Protection Systems) safety tests. They feature the latest in chassis construction methods and low emission engine technologies.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

For further information, or a PHOTOGRAPH of the new vehicles, please contact, Rachael Jackson, Corporate Affairs Officer, on Tel No: +44 (0)1394 604167 or Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943, or E-mail jacksonr@hpuk.co.uk

Thamesport (TMP) is located in the heart of south east England, 10 miles from the M2 motorway, 35 miles from London. It is one of the UK’s busiest container ports. TMP is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings Group (HPH), a wholly owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in 19 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 219 berths in 39 ports, together with a number of transportation-related service companies. With industry-recognised core competence in the effective and efficient management and operation of ports, the HPH Group handled 47.8 million TEU in 2004.
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