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16 October, 2006 - 14:01 By Staff Reporter

Harwich Port the focus for Stena Line expansion

Harwich International Port is to host the largest passenger and freight carrying vessels in the world for the next 14 years following the signing of a new contract extension with Stena Line, Europe’s largest ferry operator.The new agreement ext-ends the relationship between the two companies until 2020.

In addition, Stena Line will invest £70m to upgrade its superferries, the Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica.

The vessels will be lengthened to 240 metres, and will be able to carry both freight and passengers.

Pim de Lange, managing director for Stena Line BV, said: “We strongly believe in this route as being an important gateway between the UK and the Continent, for both passengers and freight traffic.

“In this respect, we see Harwich International Port as an important partner, and are happy with the service they provide to us and to our customers”

Chris Lewis, CEO of Hutchison Ports (UK), owner of Harwich International Port, said: “It is important that passengers can continue to travel from Harwich, and the contract extension and vessel lengthening programme will ensure that Harwich International Port is able to offer this service in the future.”

Pim de Lange added: “We strongly believe in this route as being an important gateway between the UK and the Continent, for both passengers and freight traffic.

“In this respect, we see Harwich International Port as an important partner, and are happy with the service they provide to us and to our customers.”

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