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London Thamesport Welcomes New SAECS Service
3rd March 2009

London Thamesport Welcomes New SAECS Service

London Thamesport today (Tuesday 3rd March 2009) welcomes the return of the SAECS Intermediate service. This is to be followed on Thursday 5th March by a new Reefer Express Service, also operated by the South Africa Europe Container Service partners (Maersk Line, Mitsui O. L., Safmarine and Deutsche Afrika Linien).

The combination of the new service, and the returning fortnightly Intermediate Service, will result in the provision of weekly calls, provided by a total of seven vessels. Both services are specifically focused on accommodating the seasonal demands of reefer cargo during 2009.

Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd, which owns London Thamesport, commented:

“We are pleased to welcome both the new Reefer Express service and the return of the Intermediate Service to London Thamesport. We have always been committed to offering our customers the most convenient, reliable and efficient resources possible, and these services are an excellent boost to our current facilities.”

The first vessel on the Reefer Express Service will be the 1840 TEU San Andres. The four vessels deployed on the Intermediate Service are: the Orion, DAL East London, MOL Komati and Safmarine Mbashe, each with an approximate capacity of 1700 TEU.

The Reefer Express service will focus on four ports, with Cape Town as the sole South Africa loading port, and Lisbon, Antwerp and Thamesport as destination ports. The Intermediate service will have a total of 10 ports of call.


Note to Editors:

For further information please contact Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs, on Tel No: +44 (0) 1394 604987, Fax No: +44 (0) 1394 604943 or E-mail daveyps@hpuk.co.uk www.londonthamesport.co.uk

London Thamesport (LTP) is located in the heart of South East England, 10 miles from the M2 motorway, 35 miles from London. It is one of the UK’s busiest container ports.

LTP is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 300 berths in 49 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies. In 2007, the HPH Group handled a combined throughput of 66.3 million TEU worldwide.
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