30th August 2011
The Port of Felixstowe is accustomed to handling unusual and fragile loads, and this week was no exception with the arrival of Team New Zealand’s Volvo Open 70 yacht on deck of the Skagen Maersk.
The one month trip from the team’s base in Auckland, New Zealand has taken them via Malaysia where the yacht was transhipped onto the Maersk vessel to complete the journey to Felixstowe. Whilst in Felixstowe she will undergo preparations for the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, which starts on 29th October from Alicante in Spain.
David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer for Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, commented:
“We have worked very closely with Team New Zealand on this shipment and are pleased to have been able to accommodate the yacht in Felixstowe. With the additional flexibility gained through our newest cranes offering super heavy lifts of up to 100 tonnes we look forward to continued growth in the area of break-bulk shipments. We wish the Team the best of luck for the race.”
The yacht and mast packages were discharged separately and landed safely on the Felixstowe quayside where the yacht was placed, in its cradle, on one of the port’s trailers. Inch by inch she was moved along the quayside to a launch site where the port once again lifted the yacht and placed her into European waters for the first time.
The boat will stay in Felixstowe in a specially created berth facility until she sails for London and the start of the promotional tour on the 5th September.
For more information on breakbulk and project cargo handling at the Port of Felixstowe please see our website at www.portoffelixstowe.co.uk
For further information, please contact Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs, on Tel. No: +44 (0)1394 602063, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / 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. 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 50 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.