PM unveils Economic Plan for region at Port of Felixstowe

PM unveils Economic Plan for region at Port of Felixstowe

During a visit to the UK’s largest container port, David Cameron took the opportunity to launch an Economic Plan for the East of England.

Speaking to an audience that included many of the region’s business leaders, the Prime Minister said: “The extraordinary scale of the trade you are pioneering is not just fundamental to success in this region it’s fundamental to the success of the whole country.

“And with your exports to the fast-growing Asian markets up by two-fifths in the last five years alone that is exactly what you are helping to do.

“Put simply, you are increasing Britain’s footprint in the world.  Your success is one part of an exciting story of economic recovery that is beginning to take place right across the East of England.”

Whilst at the port the Prime Minister saw the extension being constructed at Berth’s 8&9 and the handling of the ultra-large container ship, CSCL Saturn.  The extension will allow the port to handle more of the latest mega-ships operating on the world’s major trade routes.

He also noted Port of Felixstowe’s significant investment in its world-class facilities, including future plans for a new £200 million Berth 10, and the number of jobs created.

Commenting on David Cameron’s visit, Clemence Cheng, Port of Felixstowe’s chief executive officer, said: "We are honoured that the Prime Minister has chosen the Port of Felixstowe to make this important economic announcement for the East of England.

“We were able to show the Prime Minister how the continued investments we are making at Felixstowe are helping support UK economic growth and create more jobs.

“The developments at Berths 8&9 ensure the UK has a world class facility to handle the world's largest vessels.  These mega ships provide UK exporters with the most efficient connections to key overseas markets and are central to delivering an export-led economic recovery."