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Port of Felixstowe Takes Delivery of Additional Yard Cranes
Monday 21st August 2006

The Port of Felixstowe has welcomed the arrival of nine rubber-tyred gantry cranes from Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) of Shanghai.

The cranes have been transported – fully erected – by sea from China, a journey that has taken nine weeks. Following full commissioning tests, it is anticipated that the cranes will be fully operational within a short time.

The new cranes are capable of lifting one container over five and can straddle seven rows of containers. They all have 16 wheels, and can lift up to 40 tonnes. They will be deployed on Trinity Terminal, one of Europe’s longest continuous quays, at nearly 3km in length.

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said:

“As the UK’s premier container port, we have a duty to provide our customers with unrivalled levels of service and efficiency. This latest delivery of state-of-the-art new equipment will place us in an even stronger position to meet our customers’ expectations well into the future.“

The arrival of the new machinery means that the Port has invested in forty-one rubber-tyred gantry cranes from ZPMC since 2002, bringing the total number on Trinity Terminal to over 100.

Note to Editors:

For further information, or a PHOTOGRAPH of the new cranes, please contact Helen Sharkey, Corporate Affairs Assistant, on Tel. No: +44 (0)1394 604908, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail: sharkeyh@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 subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 21 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 251 berths in 43 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 51.8 million TEU in 2005.