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Container Record at the Port of Felixstowe
31st January 2005

The Port of Felixstowe is celebrating a record number of containers being handled on a single ship, with the call of China Shipping Container Lines’ 'CSCL Europe'. The Port has just achieved an impressive 4,077 container moves on the 334 metre-long ship, in what is thought to be the largest ever exchange of containers at a UK port.

The 'CSCL Europe' was worked by the Port’s newest Ultra post-Panamax cranes. Manufactured by Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) in Shanghai, the cranes are capable of handling containers stowed 22-wide, and are equipped with twin-lift capability and heavy lift capacity of 85 tonnes.

Richard Pearson, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, said:

“This massive turnaround is testament to the strong co-operation that exists between the Port of Felixstowe and China Shipping. Underpinned by the booming exports from China, China Shipping is now the fastest growing customer at the Port.”

He added:

“With the advent of such mega-ships as the 'CSCL Europe', it is imperative that the Port of Felixstowe is able to provide the necessary deep-water quay to accommodate them. We are pushing ahead with our proposals to bring on stream additional deep-water container handling facilities at both Felixstowe and Harwich to ensure that the Haven ports are well-placed to service shipping trends well into the future.”

With a declared capacity of 8,468 TEU, the 'CSCL Europe', together with its sister ships, the 'CSCL Asia', 'CSCL America', 'CSCL Africa' and 'CSCL Oceania', are the largest container ships afloat today. The 'CSCL Europe' was launched in Korea in August 2004, and made its maiden call at Felixstowe in September 2004. It has a DWT of 90645, and is capable of a speed of 25.2 knots fully laden.

Captain Wan Jun, Managing Director of China Shipping (UK) Agency Co Ltd, said:

“We are proud to share this milestone with the Port of Felixstowe, which marks the growth of both China Shipping Container Lines and the Port”.

The 'CSCL Europe' operates on the CSCL AEX 1 service. The ship called at the ports of Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian, Hong Kong and Port Kelang, before setting out on its 16-day journey to Felixstowe. On completion of discharging and loading at Felixstowe, the ship continued to Hamburg, Antwerp and Rotterdam, before returning to Asia.

China Shipping (UK) Agency Co Ltd is a joint venture between China Shipping Container Lines and Johnson Stevens Agencies Limited.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

For further information, or a PHOTOGRAPH of the 'CSCL Europe', please contact Rachael Jackson, Corporate Affairs Officer, on Tel. No: +44 (0)1394 604167, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail: jacksonr@hpuk.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, 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 18 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 214 berths in 36 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 41.5 million TEU in 2003.