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Port of Felixstowe to Hold Second ‘Sea Port Role Play Day’
25th October 2007

The Port of Felixstowe, and the Suffolk Education Business Partnership, in conjunction with the Haven Gateway Partnership, will be holding a 'Sea Port Role Play Day’ on Tuesday 30th October 2007, at Kesgrave Community Centre, near Ipswich.

The aim of the day, codenamed ‘Haven Container Ports Exercise 2007’, is to make students from the Felixstowe and South Suffolk locality aware of the growing employment opportunities within the Haven Gateway, with a particular focus on the ports and logistics sector.

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

“It is vital that the ports industry does all it can to attract young people. We held the ‘Haven Container Ports Exercise’ for the first time last year, and it was hugely successful in making students aware of the exciting range of careers and opportunities available within the Haven Ports.”

He added:

“This type of problem-solving exercise, with realistic emergency scenarios and interaction from a number of key agencies, is exactly the type of initiative that the Port of Felixstowe is keen to promote.”

The Exercise will involve over 80 students, aged between 14 and 15, from eight Suffolk schools. Students will play out an imaginary scenario in which several vessels are damaged in the Harwich Haven, and they will take on the role of the eight sectors involved in the emergency response: the Port’s Emergency Services Division, Police Unit, Marine and Port Services Division, Corporate Affairs Department and Operations Division; Johnson Stevens Agencies; the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)/RNLI; and Suffolk County Council/Suffolk Coastal District Council Emergency Planning Services.

During the course of the Exercise, students will be required to make important decisions and to respond to ever-changing conditions that are affected by external factors beyond their control. People’s safety, customer service and logistical issues will all have to be taken into consideration, whilst at the same time ensuring that resources are managed as effectively as possible. Professionals from all of the sectors involved will be on hand to give students expert advice throughout the day.

The ‘Sea Port Role Play Day’ follows a real-life emergency response exercise held by the MCA on 9th October this year, which simulated a collision between a cruise ship and a container ship, and the rescue of a number of casualties, four miles off Landguard Point.

The concept of the 'Role Play Day' was developed by the British Aviation Authority, and has been adapted by the Education Business Partnership to promote the important role of the ports and logistics industry within the region.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

For further information, 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. 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.
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