There are excellent transport links from London, the Midlands and the whole of the South East. The North Sea passenger and freight traffic come to and leave from Harwich. This includes such places as the Benelux countries and the Scandinavians too. Harwich ferries can offer top class bulk, container, ro-ro and ferry operations.
Harwich International port is part of the Hutchison Port Holdings Group which is the leading port investor, operator and developer in the world. It has interests in 15 countries throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. They operate 177 berths worldwide in 32 ports along with other transportation related companies. HSBC Private Equity bought Harwich International Port from Stena Line AB through a company they created called Harwich International Holdings Ltd. Hutchison bought it off them.
Harwich port was built originally by the Great Eastern Railway as a rail ferry port in the 1880s. Over the last century it was developed and expanded into a modern and multipurpose port. The port was originally named Parkeston Quay, taking after the chairman of Great Eastern - Charles Parks. In 1984 it, along with the other Sealink Ports in the UK, was privatised. It's location is on the southern bank of the River Stour in the southeast quadrant of the UK .
In addition to passengers, Harwich International Port also handles trade cars, hydrocarbons, containers, general and project cargo. Stena Lines made a decision to introduce the HSS 1500 fast ferry to the Harwich - Hook of Holland route in 1997. Harwich as a port was redeveloped in readiness with a £12 million project which included a dedicated linkspan and berth for the Stena ship as well as major shoreside improvements. Within the port estate there is ample space for more development, and the port management team are looking to work in partnership with existing and new customers.
To get to Harwich International Port you can take the A12 from London, coming off the North Circular or the M25 orbital motorway. The A12 joins the A120 which you want to take eastwards. You can then follow signs to Harwich and once you are there you can follow signs to the port. There is ample parking at the port. To get to the north and the midlands you can use the recently upgraded A14 (join the A12 at Ipswich ). You can get to Stansted Airport which takes 50 minutes in a car or a taxi, and Heathrow and Gatwick are 2 hours away. There is a train from Harwich International Station, which is adjacent to the port, and that takes 70 minutes from Harwich.