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MSC Cruises Makes Inaugural Call at Harwich International Port
3rd September 2007

MSC Cruises will make its first transit call at Harwich International Port on 4th September 2007, with the arrival of the 2,183-passenger 'MSC Lirica'.

Passengers on the cruise will be able to enjoy the delights of Harwich and the surrounding areas, including Colchester and Dedham Vale, during their stopover.

The 251-metre-long 'MSC Lirica' will be arriving from Copenhagen, and sailing to Le Havre from Harwich, on a Mediterranean itinerary.

Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs for Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of Harwich International Port, said:

"We are pleased to welcome the prestigious 'MSC Lirica' to Harwich International Port. We are keen to encourage transit calls such as this to the Port, as they enable us to showcase the tremendous range of local attractions on offer, both within Harwich itself, and in nearby ‘Constable country’.

“The excellent rail connections from Harwich International Port mean that passengers are also able to take advantage of the popular destinations of London and Cambridge.”

Keith Brown, Chief Executive of East of England Tourism, added:

“This new arrival reflects both the excellent port facilities and the wide range of unique leisure options across the East of England available within a comfortable transfer time from Harwich. These range from traditional countryside towns to vibrant cities, and offer something for every cruise passenger.”

Harwich International Port is set to welcome 60 cruise calls during the 2007 season, including a number of significant new customers.


Note to Editors:

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Harwich International Port (HWH) is one of the UK’s leading multi-purpose freight and passenger ports with excellent road and rail links to the Midlands, London and the South East. It is ideally located for North Sea freight and passenger traffic to and from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, offering first class ro-ro, ferry, container and bulk operations.

HWH 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. Committed to innovation, HPH is one of the most technologically advanced port operators in the industry. Today, HPH has operating rights in a total of 257 berths in 45 ports, and owns a number of transportation-related service companies. In 2006, the HPH Group handled a combined throughput of 59.3 million TEU worldwide.