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Thamesport Welcomes Maiden Call of ‘Margrethe Maersk’
8th April 2008

Thamesport (London) received the longest ever vessel to call at the port on Sunday 6th April 2008. The 'Margrethe Maersk', at 367m long, 43m wide and 98,000 gross tonnage, is the first of six new, highly automated, additions to the Maersk fleet and entered the Maersk Line’s worldwide liner service in March 2008.

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

“This ship and those to follow represent an innovative step by Maersk towards ‘greener’ methods of working. These vessels are at the industry forefront in fuel efficiency and implementation of environmentally friendly technologies. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to handle this highly automated ship at the UK’s only automated port.”

The 'Margrethe Maersk' was designed and built to meet the highest demands for safe, economic and environmentally friendly transportation of goods across the globe. It includes, amongst other features; a recovery system enabling waste heat to be used for propulsion, which reduces fuel consumption by up to 10 percent, and advanced computer systems that improve the cargo, route and speed efficiency of every voyage.

The 'Margarethe Maersk' will now call at Bremerhaven and Rotterdam, before returning to the UK to berth at the Port of Felixstowe, which is also owned by Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited.


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Thamesport (TMP) 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.

TMP is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in a total of 292 berths in 47 ports, spanning 24 countries throughout Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies. In 2006, the HPH Group handled a combined throughput of 59.3 million TEU worldwide.
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