Beachwatch 2014

20th September 2014

Port of Felixstowe Beach Clean Supports Group's 'Recycling Begins & Ends with You' Initiative

Port of Felixstowe volunteers have cleaned the beach at the John Bradfield Viewing Area adjacent to the port.

The annual litter pick was undertaken as part of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), Recycling Begins & Ends with You campaign and in support of the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch campaign.

Commenting on the event, Clemence Cheng, Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited Chief Executive Officer, said:

"We are delighted and proud to be celebrating 10 years of efforts towards keeping our coasts clean. This initiative reflects our commitment to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate and to safeguard the environment which we all share. In particular I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers who have given their time to support this initiative and who share our vision of minimising the impact of waste on the environment"

Local MP, Therese Coffey, who joined port employees for the clean-up, said:

"The National Beachwatch Big Weekend has become an important annual event and I was delighted to join local volunteers to help clean-up up the beach at Landguard Point in Felixstowe.  It is essential we keep our shoreline looking good for us all to enjoy."

Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) has a long history as a green innovator and has recently joined forces with DP World to launch the Waste Reduction Campaign and work together to concentrate and multiply their individual efforts to combat the effects and causes of global greenhouse emissions.

Eric Ip, Group Managing Director of HPH, commented:

"Environmental sustainability is a concern of the Port and Maritime Industry and I am pleased that we are joining forces with DP World for an initiative in which our business units around the world pool their resources to highlight green issues. Through this collaboration, we will see the expanded scope of environmental activities and the impact that the industry can make on global warming issues"

The Port of Felixstowe has been supporting the Marine Conservation Society's National Beachwatch Weekend initiative to clean the UK's coasts since 2005. Employees, their friends and families came together on 20 September to clean the beach in front of the John Bradfield Viewing Area at Landguard Point in Felixstowe. This area adjacent to the port's Landguard Terminal was donated to the local community by the port in 1992, and is maintained by Suffolk Coastal District Council.

Beachwatch forms part of the Port of Felixstowe's wider sustainable environmental agenda and supports the HPH Group's global strategy to ensure that all their business worldwide conduct their operations in an eco-friendly manner.

 

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For further information, please contact Paul Davey, Head of Corporate Affairs, on Tel No: +44 (0)1394 602063, Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943 or E-mail daveyps@hpuk.co.uk  / www.portoffelixstowe.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. Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator.  The HPH network of port operations comprises 319 berths in 52 ports, spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, HPH has expanded internationally into other logistics, transportation-related businesses. These include cruise ship terminals, airport and hotel operations, distribution centres, rail services, and ship repair facilities.  In 2013, the HPH port network handled a combined throughput of 78.3 million TEU worldwide.