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Operational Boost for London Thamesport
11th August 2009

The operational capability of London Thamesport is set to increase still further with the confirmation that an order has been placed for the port’s eighth ship-to-shore gantry crane.

The ultra post-panamax unit is being built by Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) in Shanghai, and will be delivered in April 2010. With an outreach of 62.5 metres, the crane can handle ships with containers stowed 22-wide on deck.

Commenting on the order, David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns London Thamesport, said:

“London Thamesport is one of the UK’s leading container ports, and one of only three capable of handling 8,000 TEU vessels. There is capacity at the port to accommodate additional traffic, and it is important that we continue to invest in state-of-the-art equipment to enable us to offer the quickest vessel turnarounds for our customers.”

The new crane has an 85-tonne heavy lift capability, and will be able to twin-lift twenty foot containers. The electrical drive system is to be supplied by Siemens and based upon the Siemens Master Drive system. This is the same as the previous ZPMC quay crane delivered to London Thamesport in April 2008.

The operator’s cabin is being supplied by Merford Cabins of The Netherlands. The special "Ergo" cabin is similar to those used on existing cranes at London Thamesport and is specially designed to provide a pleasant and ergonomic working environment to improve the performance of the operators and the efficiency of the crane.

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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 Southeast 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 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.
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