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Port of Felixstowe Welcomes Norasia’s Asia Middle East Express Service
16th May 2005

The Port of Felixstowe has welcomed Norasia’s decision to launch a new Asia Middle East Express (AME) service, to commence from Shanghai, China on 18th May 2005. The service will make fixed weekly calls at Felixstowe, arriving on Saturday evenings.

The service’s first sailing will be by the 5,423-TEU 'Chillan', arriving in Felixstowe from Shanghai on 18th June 2005. From here, it will sail to Jeddah, arriving nine days later.

Norasia, part of the Compania Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) group, will deploy a total of three 5,423-TEU vessels on this service, supported by an additional two vessels at 4,000+ TEU’s capacity, and four at 3,750+ TEU’s capacity.

Commenting on the new service, Richard Pearson, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, said:

“We are extremely pleased that Norasia has chosen the Port of Felixstowe as its port of call in the UK. The new service further enhances the large network of international ports connected to Felixstowe, and extends our links to the fast-growing Asian markets. It is important that we continue to offer a wide range of carriers and services to UK importers and exporters.”

The port rotation of the new service will be:

Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yantian, Port Klang, Le Havre, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Felixstowe, Jeddah, Jebel Ali, Port Klang, Yantian, Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai.

Transit times will include nine days from Felixstowe to Jeddah and an impressive 21 days from Felixstowe to Port Klang. The estimated rotation of the service is 63 days.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

For further information, please contact Rachael Jackson, Corporate Affairs Officer, on Tel. No: +44 (0)1394 604167, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail: jacksonr@hpuk.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 wholly-owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 19 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 219 berths in 39 ports, together with a number of transportation-related service companies. With industry-recognised core competence in the effective and efficient management and operation of ports, the HPH Group handled 47.8 million TEU in 2004.