12th April 2007
The start of US recording star James Taylor’s UK tour has been saved by the Port of Felixstowe.
Equipment for his tour, including an important drum machine, was loaded in a container aboard the Mackinac Bridge in New Jersey in mid-March. However, the departure of the ship was delayed, with the result that she did not berth in Felixstowe until the day before the date of the opening concert in Birmingham.
Having made an appeal for help on BBC’s Breakfast News, James Taylor contacted the Port of Felixstowe to see if there was anyway they could help. From the stowage plan, the Port’s Planning Department was able to locate the container deep in the ship’s hold. The discharge programme for the ship was adjusted to ensure the container was discharged as quickly as possible to allow it to continue its journey to the concert hall without further delay.
The container arrived at the venue on the afternoon of the concert, but in sufficient time for the performance to go ahead as planned.
Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs for Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of the Port of Felixstowe, explained:
“On the afternoon of the concert, we received a second call from James Taylor confirming that he had received all his equipment in good working order. He offered his heartfelt thanks to the team at Felixstowe who had helped in ensuring that his container was located, discharged and dispatched in the shortest possible time. We are delighted that we were able to help avoid the disappointment of the event having to be cancelled at short notice.”
Over the course of his long career, James Taylor has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards for a catalogue running from 1970's Sweet Baby James to his Grammy Award-winning efforts Hourglass (1997) and October Road (2002). Taylor's first Greatest Hits album achieved sales in excess of 10 million units in the United States alone. The year 2000 saw his induction into both the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
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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.