Thursday, October 4, 2012

UK Container Shipping Battle Continues with Felixstowe Claiming Primacy in Box Freight Handling

Asian Road Show Designed to Demonstrate East Anglian Ports Abilities
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Port of Felixstowe is the major port for trade between the UK and the rest of the world and claims to be currently the only port in the country capable of handling multiple mega container vessels simultaneously. The port is also building its third rail terminal to accommodate the growing demand for rail freight and with the battle between Felixstowe, Southampton and the London Gateway development for primacy in box handling tonnage and TEU numbers warming up the Suffolk port launched its Asian customer road show in Hong Kong yesterday designed to attract shipping interests utilising the services of Caroline Wilson, the newly appointed British Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macao, making her first public appearance in her new role at the event. Ms Wilson said:

“The UK remains one of the world’s most open economies and we are delighted that the Port of Felixstowe’s strong links with manufacturers around Britain supports export-oriented growth. The modern, multimodal facilities at Felixstowe benefit the entire supply chain and the port itself is an important trading bridge between Asia, the UK and the rest of Europe.”

The Port of Felixstowe is a subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH)and currently, fifty eight train services pass through the port every day, connecting it to manufacturing hubs and regional distribution centres around the country. The road show illustrated to those who attended that with 85% of the UK’s population living outside of London centrally positioned Felixstowe, with the shortest deep sea navigational channel of any British port, is able to distribute freight across the British Isles as required. Clemence Cheng, Managing Director of HPH Central Europe, commented:

“It is an honour to have the Consul-General to start the Asian customer road show of Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain, for us. Felixstowe has been Britain’s busiest container port for over 30 years and handles over 40% of the country’s containerised trade. The two new deep-water berths, together with the port’s unparalleled connectivity by road, rail and coastal feeder ensures that the Port of Felixstowe continues to be the leader in this industry. We are working with our customers to constantly improve our service and products to ensure we are able to provide shipping lines, cargo owners, freight forwarders and shippers with the highest quality of service.”

The customer road show will introduce the latest developments at the port, including the new berths 8 and 9, as well as emphasising the port’s strong multimodal connectivity, to both new and existing customers. It will cover a number of Asian cities including the major markets of Taipei, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai.

Photo: Clemence Cheng, Managing Director of HPH Central Europe (left), presents a souvenir to Caroline Wilson.