1st April 2008
The Port of Felixstowe welcomed the inaugural call of the largest vessel in the Turkon Line fleet on 29th March 2008, with the arrival of the 1,900-TEU 'Mukaddes Kalkavan'. The 183m-long vessel is the first of four increased-capacity Turkon vessels destined to be in service by the end of the year.
The new service will operate between the Turkish ports of Istanbul, Gemlik and Izmir, calling at Genoa, Marseilles and Barcelona on its way to Felixstowe.
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said:
“The maiden call of the 'Mukaddes Kalkavan' represents the start of the upgrade to this important service. We are delighted to welcome the vessel, and look forward to working with the new additions to the Turkon fleet later this year.’
Turkon Line was established in April 1997 as the first privately-owned Turkish shipping line, and has worked with the Port of Felixstowe since October 2002.
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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 a total of 292 berths in 47 ports, spanning 24 countries throughout Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies. In 2006, the HPH Group handled a combined throughput of 59.3 million TEU worldwide.