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Minister sees Felixstowe ro ro work at first hand

[ January 15, 2020   //   ]

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has inspected ongoing work to upgrade ro ro facilities at the Port of Felixstowe in her first port visit of 2020 and the new government.

The scheme, which is due to be completed before the end of the Brexit transition period, include the lengthening of No.3 Ro/Ro berth and the replacement of the current hydraulic ramp at No.4 Ro/Ro berth with a larger floating linkspan. The scheme will allow the port to accommodate larger vessels and improve efficiency.

Chief executive of the Port of Felixstowe and executive director of Hutchison Ports, Clemence Cheng, said: “Roll-on/Roll-off is an important component of the port’s business. With three sailings per day to Vlaardingen in Rotterdam we provide a vital connection to North Europe for UK importers and exporters. The port is already Brexit-ready and the improvements that we are starting today, coupled with additional trailer parking that has already been completed, will enhance capacity, capability and performance for Ro/Ro traffic at Felixstowe.

“As well as improving our facilities for ro ro traffic we are continuing to upgrade our containerised capability and are ready to cater for increases in trade with the rest of the world as a result of new trade deals struck following our exit from the EU.”

Tthe Minister also saw the new trailer storage area created with support from Department for Transport Port Infrastructure Resilience and Connectivity funding and held discussions with Hutchison Ports’ senior management on a range of discussions including the Women in Maritime initiative and development of the port’s 5G network.