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Port Celebrates Double Award Success
Monday 2nd April 2007

The Port of Felixstowe is celebrating receiving two awards for its work in the community. The Haven Gateway’s ‘Investing in Communities’ Achievement Awards were given to the Port in recognition of its work in the ‘Passport to Success’ scheme, and the ‘Moving On in Logistics’ initiative.

‘Passport to Success’ is a sector-specific mentoring scheme, conceived by Suffolk Education Business Partnership, which aims to support young people through developing their skills, and helping them to gain specialised knowledge of an industry in which they are interested.

A total of ten Port mentors have joined the scheme; eight from the Engineering Department, and two in ‘general’ business roles. They have been working with students from Suffolk schools, the majority of whom come from Deben High School in Felixstowe.

The ‘Moving on in Logistics’ initiative is managed by Suffolk College, and aims to ensure that new employees entering the ports and logistics sector have the necessary basic level of skills to allow them to succeed in the industry. The Port has worked closely with the College to develop new materials which are easy to follow, and give new and current employees ‘skills for life’ training.

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of the Port of Felixstowe commented:

“We are very proud to receive these two awards, which highlight the extent of our involvement in the local community. There is a pool of talent locally, which is vital to the future of our business. The Port has worked in conjunction with our partners to ensure that available resources are maximised to the greatest benefit. We will continue to work with them, to ensure that the ports and logistics sector remains a highly skilled and attractive industry in which to work”.

The awards ceremony took place in The Galleria Suite, Ipswich Town Football Club, on Wednesday 28th March 2007.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

For further information, or a PHOTOGRAPH of the Port of Felixstowe receiving its award, please contact Rachael Jackson, Public Relations Manager, on Tel. No: +44 (0)1394 604167, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail: jacksonr@hpuk.co.uk www.portoffelixstowe.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 23 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 257 berths in 45 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 59.3 million TEU in 2006.

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