24th March 2004
The Port of Felixstowe welcomed the recent decision by Feederlink to increase its frequency between Felixstowe and South-Shields (Tyne) to twice-weekly sailings from the beginning of April 2004.
At the same time, Feederlink intends to increase its weekly frequency between the Port and Grangemouth from three to four sailings each week.
The extended services will target deep-sea traffics, and will significantly enhance the Port’s short-sea connections to the markets of the North of England, and Scotland.
Richard Pearson, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, commented:
“We thoroughly welcome these new services at the Port of Felixstowe. We believe that further east-coast links are very much to the benefit of our customers and, indeed, to UK trade in general, and we are committed to supporting and encouraging such coastal services at Felixstowe.”
“Importantly, as well as increasing customer choice, these new services will provide a viable alternative to road transport for containers heading to the North of England, and will help to ease the pressure on the UK’s road and rail network. This is something to which we remain fully committed at the Port.”
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Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK and the fifth 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 15 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates in a total of 32 ports together with a number of transportation related service companies.