3rd July 2007
The Port of Felixstowe is celebrating a record number of containers being handled on a single vessel, with the call of China Shipping Container Lines’'Xin Hongkong' on 28th June 2007. The Port achieved an impressive 5,610 container moves on the 9,600-TEU ship, in what is thought to be the largest ever exchange of containers at a UK port. This breaks the previous record of 5,586, set on China Shipping’s 'CSCL America' in early March 2007.
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said:
“This is the second time this year that the Port of Felixstowe has broken its record for the largest number of container moves on one vessel. This tremendous achievement is testament to the ongoing improvements that we are making to our levels of productivity and customer service, and we hope to be able to build upon this success in the future. “
The 337-metre-long 'Xin Hongkong' was the first of four 9,600-TEU capacity vessels introduced by China Shipping Container Lines on its AEX1 service, as part of an upgrade of its fleet with newer vessels of larger capacity. The AEX1 service now comprises four x 8,500-TEU and four x 9,600-TEU vessels. The service makes Felixstowe its first port of call in Northern Europe, inward from Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Hong Kong and Chiwan.
Robert Hughes, General Manager of China Shipping (UK) Agency Co Ltd, said of the record:
“We are very pleased that the Port of Felixstowe continues to give China Shipping the level of service that enables our largest ships to handle the increasing number of containers the Line is shipping through Felixstowe. This most recent record has occurred at the same time that the schedule of our AEX 1 service between Asia and Europe has improved, bringing further benefits to our customers.”
China Shipping Container Lines commitment to Felixstowe has been further strengthened by the opening of a prestigious new multi-million-pound headquarters just outside the Port, on 25th May 2007.
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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.