EADT Top 100: Ports Minister John Hayes pays first visit to Port of Felixstowe

Shipping and Transport Minister John Hayes (third from left) at the Port of Felixstowe with (from le

Shipping and Transport Minister John Hayes (third from left) at the Port of Felixstowe with (from left) Maurice Storey, Evergreen (UK), Clemence Cheng, chief executive, Hutchison Ports (UK), Marcel Chang, Davis Lian and Patrick Wei, Evergreen (UK)). - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Shipping and Ports Minister John Hayes paid his first visit to the Port of Felixstowe last week.

During his visit to the UK’s largest container port, Mr Hayes visited the UK flagged Ever Lambent, the container vessel owned and operated by Evergreen Marine Corporation.

“Felixstowe plays a crucial role, both as the gateway for goods coming into the UK and as the port where huge volumes of our exports leave these shores,” he said.

“Britain has long been a nautical powerhouse, with the maritime sector generating well over £8bn for the economy every year. Our ports have weathered the economic storm of recent years better than many parts of the economy and I fully appreciate the importance of Felixstowe in delivering long term growth.”

Evergreen’s vice group chairman, Marcel Chang welcomed Mr Hayes aboard the Ever Lambent.

“Evergreen is proud that a number of its ships fly the UK flag. This vessel, the name of which means gleaming or glowing, is one and we hope the Minister sees it as a shining example of the high standards maintained by the British Merchant Marine. We thank him for his visit,” said Mr Chang.

Chief executive of port owner Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, an EADT Top 100 company, Clemence Chang said: “We welcome the visit of The Rt Hon John Hayes, Shipping and Transport Minister, to the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. It is an honour that the Minister has chosen Port of Felixstowe to board his first container vessel, which is owned and operated by our long term customer and partner, Evergreen. We are delighted to show the Minister our facilities, where more than 40% of UK container trade passes through our port, showing him how our workforce works seamlessly with our customers and other port users to ensure efficient movement of UK trade.”