Hutchison Ports UK (HPUK) has invested significantly in new technology, people and infrastructure at the Port of Felixstowe for over 20 years, and the result is a port that ranks among the world’s best. Our continued success will depend on attracting and retaining the right customers, embracing technological advances, and anticipating developments within the industry brought about by broader, global economic factors.
We recognise the need to maintain a steady programme of investment in order to guarantee our position as the Port of Britain. Quicker, more efficient services, whether through operational or technological improvement, will enable the Port of Felixstowe to remain at the forefront of the industry.
Already, we have opened Berths 8&9 in preparation for a future in which Mega Vessels of 18,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) will increasingly become the norm. When completed, 1,285 metres of quayside and a draft alongside capable of 18 metres below chart datum will enable the docking and handling of multiple Mega Vessels simultaneously at the Port of Felixstowe.
The Port’s continued growth is also supported by government investment to further improve Britain’s rail and road infrastructure. £144.4m has already been invested to upgrade the rail network in 2014. The North Rail Terminal opened in 2013 and has significantly increased rail capacity at the port by 25%.
Drawing on the strength and expertise of the Hutchison Ports global network, the Port of Felixstowe is uniquely positioned to deliver market leading technology, operations and leadership for imports and exports long into the future. Future expansion plans at Felixstowe will realise: