6th May 2010
Harwich International Port has completed preparations to receive the new generation of superferries to be introduced by Stena Line later this month. Testing has been completed on a new Linkspan bridge to improve facilities for passenger cars and freight at the Essex port.
Designed and fabricated by TTS of Sweden, the new linkspan features a double-deck arrangement, which allows for simultaneous loading and unloading on two levels. Each of these levels can also be worked independently if required, allowing for fast and efficient operations on the very latest superferries on the market.
This investment is required to service the two new Stena superferries, which will be introduced on the Harwich – Hook of Holland route during 2010. The first vessel, the new Stena Hollandica, is due in service on 16th May, with the Stena Britannica to follow later in the season.
David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports UK Ltd, which owns Harwich International Port, commented:
“It is important that we are able to provide the best infrastructure available to our customers and this linkspan will ensure that the port can handle increased freight and motorist volumes efficiently as demand grows in the future. We are proud to be at the forefront of this industry’s development with this latest addition to our facilities.”
The new ‘superferries’ were built in Wismar, Germany, and have a gross tonnage of 62,000 tonnes. At 240 metres in length and with accommodation for 1,200 passengers, their top-notch facilities include restaurants, bars, cinemas, gaming areas and internet facilities.
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Harwich International Port (HWH) is one of the UK’s leading multi-purpose freight and passenger ports with excellent road and rail links to the Midlands, London and the South East. It is ideally located for North Sea freight and passenger traffic to and from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, offering first class ro-ro, ferry, container and bulk operations.
HWH 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.