Green innovation funding

Green innovation funding

22.9.2021 | Ports

Green innovation funding

Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has been announced as one of the beneficiaries of the Department for Transport’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC).

Developed with partners at Cranfield University, Sizewell C and EDF, the project involves a feasibility study into the potential for Freeport East to become both a net-zero port and a net-zero energy hub for third parties and the adjacent region, leveraging opportunities such as the local presence of existing and new-build nuclear power stations at Sizewell.

Commenting on the project, Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe, said:

“There is considerable use of fossil fuel in ports all over the world. Replacing hydrocarbons completely is a huge challenge. Technology replacements are in some cases becoming available but in many cases, they are in their infancy or face other hurdles to adoption. All solutions demand very significant investment. The study will identify which solutions give the best viable outcome regarding speed and efficacy towards net zero.”

In addition to decarbonising the port’s own operations, the study will also consider how Freeport East can play a role in helping to reduce or eliminate carbon from associated and adjacent businesses. Mr Lewis added:

“Decarbonising associated activities is very challenging. There are a large number of diverse operators not under the direct control of the port. However, the scale of operations at Felixstowe and Harwich increases the potential to supply a carbon-free energy alternative and will drive the concept of a port energy supply hub. If the project can supply enough hydrogen, synthetic fuels or bulk carbon-free power, it can facilitate a far-reaching energy transition.”

Freeport East is one of eight new Freeports in England announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in March. Hutchison Ports’ Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International are partners in the Freeport together with a number of local councils and the New Anglia and South East Local Enterprise Partnerships.

In November 2020, the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution included £20 million for the CMDC to develop clean maritime technology. The programme builds on the vision set out in the Department for Transport’s Clean Maritime Plan and recently published Transport Decarbonisation Plan, underlining its commitment to addressing emissions from the sector.



22.9.2021 | Ports


Logistics hub to strengthen UK’S supply chain.

Work begins next month to increase operational resilience and create more capacity for the world’s largest vessels.

The £300m sum – which builds on the £2bn investment DP World has made in Britain over the last decade – represents the next step by the leading global provider of smart logistics in delivering integrated supply chain solutions for customers.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said:

“I am delighted to announce that we will go ahead with our latest major investment in the UK, which will give London Gateway more capacity to handle the world’s largest vessels than any other port in the country.

“As a central pillar of Thames Freeport, London Gateway’s new fourth berth will allow even more customers to benefit from world-class ports and logistics, with unrivalled global connectivity, on the doorstep of Europe’s largest consumer market. DP World plans to be at the heart of Britain’s trading future, and this investment shows that we have the ambition and the resources to boost growth, support businesses, create jobs and improve living standards.”

The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, was guest of honour at last week’s commercial launch of Thames Freeport at the Savoy Hotel in London. He added:

“Our new Freeports will create national hubs of trade, innovation and commerce, and attract more investment to regenerate communities and level up the UK.

“Bringing ports and business together to invest in their regions is crucial to the Freeports success story – that’s why I’m thrilled that DP World is investing £300 million to support Thames Freeport – creating new opportunities, boosting growth and supporting local jobs.”

In the first six months of 2021, London Gateway saw record throughput of 888,000 TEU, a more than 23 per cent increase on the previous best performance for the first half of a year. The new fourth berth will raise capacity by a third, and completion will coincide with the delivery of a new wave of 24,000 TEU vessels in 2023/2024, which will all be operated between Asia and Europe.

Along with the Port of Tilbury and Ford’s Dagenham plant, DP World London Gateway will form Thames Freeport after being awarded Freeport status by the Government earlier this year, with the partners currently progressing the business case with a view to receiving formal accreditation. DP World Southampton has also been awarded Freeport status as part of Solent Freeport, further cementing the critical role of both logistics hubs in the UK’s international trade.

Gotelee Solicitors confirmed as main sponsor of FPUA Golf Day

Gotelee Solicitors confirmed as main sponsor of FPUA Golf Day

7.9.2021 | Ports

Gotelee confirmed as main sponsor of FPUA Golf Day

Suffolk law firm drives charity fund-raiser.

Felixstowe Port Users’ Association (FPUA) is delighted to announce Gotelee Solicitors LLP as its headline sponsor of the Felixstowe Port Users’ Association (FPUA) upcoming Charity Golf Day. Held at the award-winning Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club on 22 September, the golf day competition is one of the most important dates in FPUA’s calendar and the organisations biggest fundraising event in any given year.

Gotelee Managing Partner Andrew West comments: “We are proud to be part of the FPUA golf day as their main sponsor. We have been fortunate as an organisation to have manoeuvred through the pandemic successfully while continuing to grow and expand our team and client base. As a business, we feel it is important to give back to our community and support local causes. We are proud to be part of this fundraising event and look forward to meeting everyone taking part on the day.”

Jason Flower, Chairman of Felixstowe Port Users’ Association, says: “We’re thrilled Gotelee Solicitors LLP have extended their relationship with the FPUA by sponsoring our golf day. It’s a hugely anticipated event in our social calendar and we’d encourage anyone with interest in supporting our fundraising efforts to get involved.”

Vital funds raised will be donated to local charities, including Langer Primary Academy, Felixstowe School and the Diabetic Clinic based at Ipswich Hospital.

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Cruise ships return to Harwich International

Cruise ships return to Harwich International

10.8.2021 | Ports

Under Sail, Cruise ships return to Harwich International

Hutchison Ports welcomed its first cruise vessel call since 2019 and the start of the Covid crisis.

Operated by Tradewind Voyages, the Golden Horizon is the world’s largest square-rigged sailing vessel and one of the very few sail-powered cruise ships.

Commenting on the call, Chris Lewis, Chief Executive of Hutchison Ports UK, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the Golden Horizon on its first call at Harwich International. The cruise industry has had a very difficult time during the pandemic but despite the challenges of the last 18 months, we remain committed to the cruise industry and our existing and new cruise line customers. As Europe and the rest of the world begin to open up once more to UK departing passengers, we will continue to offer the same high level of service and facilities that visitors have always enjoyed at the port.

“This is the first of two calls for the Golden Horizon this year and the start of what we hope will be a long-term relationship with Tradewind Voyages. I am not sure when we last saw a sailing ship at Harwich, using wind-power harks back to an earlier time but at the same time is very much up-to-date and in tune with the drive towards greater sustainability.”

On departure from Harwich, the ship will undertake a 10-day cruise along the South Coast during which it will anchor off the Isle of Wight to allow the passengers a unique view of the world-class sailing action of Cowes week.

Although the exterior has a historic feel, the ship itself is new and passengers enjoy all modern luxuries. The 140 cabins all have outside views while passengers in the ship’s suites can also enjoy concierge service and complimentary 24-hour room service.

Contract Renewal for Felixstowe Agencies

Contract Renewal for Felixstowe Agencies

28.7.2021 | Ports

Contract Renewal for Felixstowe Agencies Ltd

Boatman services contract is renewed at Port of Ipswich.

Port services supply specialist Felixstowe Agencies Ltd (FAL) is delighted to announce its contract renewal for the continuous supply of boatmen services for Associated British Ports, Port of Ipswich.

Tim Meyer of Felixstowe Agencies Ltd has worked in ports since he was 18 years old, so now coming close to 50 years’ experience. Having provided various associated dock services within Felixstowe and Harwich, Tim started to provide boatman services to ABP Ipswich some 10 years ago; mooring and unmooring commercial vessels entering and leaving the port.

Since then, and with his co-director Colin Gardner the company has expanded its operations to provide stevedore services to ABP and its customers in both Ipswich and King Lynn.

In 2019 Felixstowe Agencies Ltd signed a contract to supply a dockside haulage service loading and unloading bulk cargoes to and from vessels within the Port of Ipswich. Tim says: “Over the past two years we’ve expanded and now supply this service to many port users including Origin Fertilisers and Ipswich Grain Terminal. Felixstowe Agencies now operates a fleet of 20 vehicles within Ipswich.

“Ports have had to keep working throughout the Pandemic, and Felixstowe Agencies, in turn, has maintained its services. This has only been possible because of great teamwork, strong leadership and good communication with both customers and suppliers. Felixstowe Agencies is extremely proud of our association with ABP and are one of their preferred suppliers and look forward to any challenges ahead.”

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Maiden call of luxury cruise ship to ABP’s Port of Lowestoft

Maiden call of luxury cruise ship to ABP’s Port of Lowestoft

27.7.2021 | Ports

Maiden call of luxury cruise ship to ABP’s Port of Lowestoft

The MS Island Sky spent almost nine hours at the UK’s most eastern port. 

The port, which is more widely known for its support of the burgeoning offshore wind industry, its historic fishing industry and handling cargo for agricultural and construction industries, welcomed the Italian-built MS Island Sky at 7.28am on July 23.

Noble Caledonia cruises are synonymous with small ship cruising, and the Italian-built MS Island Sky has 59 luxury suites. Noble Caledonia is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with ‘The Best of British 30th Anniversary’ tour on the MS Island Sky, an enviable itinerary that visits some of the most beautiful parts of Britain, finishing with this final call in the Port of Lowestoft. Passengers on the MS Island Sky were given tourist guides from Lowestoft Vision and Lowestoft pocket guides, supplied by East Suffolk Council.

ABP has worked closely with Noble Caledonia to ensure Covid-secure operations are effectively delivered at Lowestoft.

Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager, ABP, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the arrival of luxury cruise ships to the Port of Lowestoft and hope that this successful voyage of the MS Island Sky is followed by more visits from cruise ships in the future.”

Peter Aldous MP, Member of Parliament for Waveney, said:

“It’s great to welcome the Island Sky to Lowestoft. Tourism is a vital component of the local economy, and the location of the Town Quay is an advantage that can help bring additional trade to the Town Centre, and passengers will be able to visit the South Beach as well as making an excursion into the unique Suffolk countryside.”

With further calls on the 6th August, the 11th September and 25th September from the MS Island Sky, and proposed calls from another of Noble Caledonia’s fleet, the MS Serenissima, the Port of Lowestoft, is looking forward to the arrival of more luxury cruise ships this summer.