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23rd April 2003

Thamesport welcomes New South American service

Thamesport (London) Limited welcomed the launch of a new Maersk service on Thursday 24th April 2003, with the arrival of the 3,700 TEU Luna Maersk.

The service connects North Europe and the Mediterranean with major ports in South America, and offers a weekly schedule maintained by six Maersk-owned "L-Class" vessels, Laura Maersk, Laust Maersk, Leda Maersk, Lexa Maersk, Lica Maersk and Luna Maersk.

The port rotation, based on fixed days of the week port calls, will be:

Thamesport - Bremerhaven - Antwerp - Le Havre - Vigo - Algeciras - Sepetiba - Santos - Paranagua - Buenos Aires - Montevideo - Rio Grande - Santos - Pecem

Commenting on the new service, Thamesport Director, Richard Pearson, said:

"We are delighted to welcome yet another new service to Thamesport. This will be the first direct service from the port to South America and represents an important addition to the range of destinations we can offer shippers through Thamesport."

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Note to Editors:

Thamesport (TMP) is located in the heart of Southeast England, 10 miles from the M2 motorway, 35 miles from London. It is one of the UK's busiest container ports. TMP is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings Group (HPH), the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in 15 countries throughout Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates in a total of 31 ports together with a number of transportation related service companies.

For further information or a PHOTOGRAPH of the vessel, please contact, Paul Davey, Corporate Affairs Manager, on Tel No: +44 (0)1394 604987 or Fax No: +44 (0)1394 604943, or E-mail