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From today's Journal Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/busines.../increasing-activity-north-east-ports-7179780

Increasing activity at North East ports
May 28, 2014 08:31 By Karen Overbury



It is encouraging that the North East ports are reporting increased activity in terms of record exports and cargo volumes, backed by a strong and expanding manufacturing base across the region.

The key ports within the region clearly play a big part in this success story backed up by main employers such as Nissan and the expanding renewable and offshore sectors. Exports/imports are increasingly shipped through the region’s major ports on the Tyne and Tees as well as the smaller, but active ports including Sunderland, Seaham, Hartlepool and Blyth. Historically the region’s ports developed alongside the strategic industries of coal mining, shipbuilding and steel production. The rivers Tyne, Wear and Tees were industrial arteries with the majority of port activity being behind secure walls with limited public access. More recently the region’s economy has diversified with manufacturing, service industry and tourism replacing the declining traditional waterfront activity.

The two major sea ports in the region namely, Port of Tyne and Teesport have invested heavily in their operational port facilities and infrastructure to enhance customer logistics and improved cargo handling. Both ports are seeking to secure further business within the renewable energy and off-shore sectors as well as their more traditional port activities.

The Port of Tyne achieved its highest cargo volumes for more than 50 years in 2013 and is the UK’s fastest growing deep – sea port providing a vital connection to Europe and beyond for north east companies, industry and trade. The port is the UK’s number one car exporting port, with a combined volume of car movements through the car terminals of 640,000 units in 2013, a slight reduction on the record number achieved in the previous year. Major retailers Asda and Tesco have large logistics and distribution facilities within Teesport and the re-introduction of steel production by SSI UK at Teesside has seen five million tonnes of steel slab being exported through the port since 2012. Major retailers Asda and Tesco have large logistics and distribution facilities within Teesport and the re-introduction of steel production by SSI UK at Teesside has seen five million tonnes of steel slab being exported through the port since 2012.

PD Ports, the operator of Teesport and Gazeley, a leading provider of logistics warehouse and distribution parks have recently announced plans to develop up to 1.6 million sq ft of build to suit sustainable port-centric logistics warehousing in the next phase of development at Teesport.

Elsewhere across the region, the Port of Blyth has announced that growth in cargo throughput and work for the offshore energy market has helped them to a record turnover of £17.7m in 2013. The Port of Sunderland is also gearing up to cash in on the investment off the North Sea coast and the Port of Seaham offers extensive covered warehousing with excellent road links to theA19 and rail links to the main line. New investment is also being promoted on the NE Enterprise Zone for offshore manufacturing opportunities. The investment in new infrastructure and facilities by the region’s ports will make a significant contribution to the economic recovery within the region and pave the way for further manufacturing exports, new inward investment and commercial development.
 

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New "Shipping" Thread . . .

For information, our ever-increasing 'family' of threads about Shipping in our region has today (24th October 2014) increased by one more.

The latest North East England Forum Shipping Thread is shown below . . .

Blyth Shipping and the Port of Blyth
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1767335


A full list of Shipping Threads and links to them can be obtained by clicking the shipping-north east eng TAG, at the bottom of this and any other of the shipping threads.

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Family run firm UK Docks wins award for reviving North East marine industry

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Family run firm UK Docks wins award for reviving North East marine industry
06:30, 25 March 2015 By Graeme Whitfield


UK Docks' John and Harry Wilson with the company's award

A family-run firm in the North East has scooped an industry award for its work reviving the marine industry in the region.

UK Docks, founded by Harry Wilson as Tyne Slipway and Engineering Co in South Shields in 1995, has grown into a national company with boat repair facilities at Gosport and Whitehaven alongside its facilities on the Tyne and a dry dock on the Wear.

Now its work in bringing Middlesbrough dockside back to life has seen the company win an aware from the Royal Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Last year the company re-opened docks on the Tees which had lain dormant for more than two decades, investing heavily in bringing them back up to operational use in double-quick time. The first of the two docks was re-opened last October - 107 years to the very day that it originally opened. The second will be back in business this summer, with the two schemes creating more than 100 jobs.

Awards committee member John Eltringham said: “UK Docks Marine Services deserve credit for taking a very bold step. When I first started out in the marine business in the North East in the 1980’s there were 27 dry docks in the region. Now there are only a handful. So it was a sign of great ambition and determination for UK Docks to take over mothballed dry docks in Teesside last year and bring them back to life. Our own institution contains bodies which date all the way back to the 1880s, when this country was the biggest shipbuilding nation in the world. Since then, the industry has seen a massive decline but top quality experience and expertise still remains in the region. And UK Docks which supplies work on the Tyne, the Wear and now on the Tees has given a real vote of confidence in that fact. They are worthy award winners and deserve great credit for what they are doing.”

UK Docks managing director Harry Wilson, who collected the award at Newcastle Civic Centre with sons Jonathan, Chris and Gary - who all involved in running parts of the business - said: “This is the second time we’ve won it - the first was when we re-opened the dry dock in Sunderland in 2002. And it is nice to think that all these years later we are still re-opening docks in the North East. We’re very proud of what we are doing in Middlesbrough.
And we’re pleased to be in a position to keep bringing business, jobs and security to the North East in one of its traditional industries.”
 

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Teesport operators grow pre-tax profits to £6.3m on increased cargo volumes

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Teesport operators grow pre-tax profits to £6.3m on increased cargo volumes
19:00, 24 May 2015 By Tom Keighley


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Teesport operators Brookfield Ports says pre-tax profits have increased to £6.3m across its UK operations.

The group, which also runs sites around the country, saw pre-tax profits rise from £4.8m to £6.3m in 2014. More than 90% of the company’s profit is derived in the North East, which has seen growing cargo volumes, group chief financial officer Dermot Russell told The Journal. Revenue across the group also increased from £127.8m to £133.43m during the year, on the back of investment activity in its Teesport site — particularly Container Terminal 2.

The group expects Teesport to move up in the rankings of the top five UK ports by tonnage volumes in a forthcoming Department for Transport report. Unitised volumes — the cargo handled by the group’s ferry, container and rail terminals — increased by 13% at Teesport, well above UK market growth of 5.5%.

Mr Russell said: “One of the main reasons for this growth is the good volumes across the vast majority of our businesses. With investment our business has started to move in the right direction in a number of ways. We’ve invested quite significant in the last few years, including the expansion of Teesport Container Terminal 2, where we have been really successful in routing new cargo through.”

Since the period under review, PD Port — the group’s key trading company — secured a seven-year deal to handle steel slab products from SSI UK’s Redcar plant. SSI UK restarted steelmaking at Redcar around three years ago and since then more than seven million tonnes of steel slab has been exported through Teesport. The new contract is expected to lead to the creation of 30 jobs at Teesport. At the time, Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports’ managing director Bulks and Port Services, said: “We are delighted to have agreed a new seven-year deal with SSI UK. We have worked hard to support SSI UK since the recommencement of steel production on Teesside in 2012 through improved efficiency of our operations and investment in our facilities. This contract demonstrates the close partnership between our businesses which we are sure will continue for many years to come. It provides the capacity to increase the volume of exports as SSI’s production grows and secures the long term position of Teesport as the UK’s premier bulk exporting port.”

Read more @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/business-news/teesport-operators-grow-pre-tax-profits-9313532
 

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Teesport welcomes new global shipping route to boost exporters

Courtesy of Bdaily @ https://bdaily.co.uk/industrials/27...new-global-shipping-route-to-boost-exporters/
Teesport welcomes new global shipping route to boost exporters
Ellen Forster 27 Aug 2015



PD Ports has announced the arrival of a new Ro-Ro service direct from Japan to Teesport by global shipping line, K-Line.

Commencing in September, the new route will use K-Line’s newly announced 7500-unit Ro-Ro vessels to transport cargoes from the Port of Tokuyama-Kudamatsu, Japan to Teesport, on the North East coast of England.

The vessels will be the largest vessels of their kind to arrive at Teesport, at a length of just under 200m and 75,216 GWT and will allow exporters of project cargoes to connect directly from Teesport with K-Line’s global network.

Frans Calje, PD Ports’ Managing Director Unitised and Portcentric Logistics, commented: “We are pleased to announce the arrival of this new service to Teesport, which is already one of the largest and best connected ports in the UK. This additional service further strengthens PD Ports’ position as a leading player in the UK ports sector and highlights its flexibility and adaptability within a changing market.”

A K-Line representative, said: “We are pleased to announce this new service to Teesport. The Port’s excellent infrastructure and its proximity to important North East markets makes it the perfect choice for our business and we are very much looking forward to working with PD Ports on this service.’’
 

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PD Ports to cut jobs after SSI collapse

From today's The Insider Media Limited @ http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/northeast/pd-ports-to-cut-jobs-after-ssi-collapse
PD Ports to cut jobs after SSI collapse
15th Oct 2015 North East Matthew Ord



Teesport owner PD Ports has confirmed that jobs will be lost in the wake of the "adverse effect" arising from the cessation of steelmaking at Redcar.

In a statement, the Middlesbrough-based company said the mothballing and closure of SSI UK's operations "will result in a number of redundancies" across its Teesside business just months after the pair signed a seven-year deal designed to secure 100 jobs and create about 30. Our aim is to minimise this impact as best as practically possible and we have already started the retraining and redeployment of personnel within our Tees operations, and this activity will continue," said PD Ports.

"We have held initial dialogue with employee representatives at Teesport and expect to engage in formal consultation processes with employees and their representatives about potential redundancies shortly. Since 2010 more than £60m worth of investment has been spent in developing, upgrading and enhancing capacity to meet the demands of our customers at Teesport. Going forward our intention is to further build on this successful platform and drive the business forward to meet new challenges and opportunities ensuring a sustainable and dynamic future for PD Ports."

Earlier this week it was confirmed that the coke ovens and blast furnace at SSI UK's Redcar steel mill are to be closed after "no viable offers were received" from potential buyers.
 

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Knock-on effects

The collapse of SSI continues to shock - it's very sad for the SSI employees - and we're also quickly starting to see the knock-on effects for other people in other businesses.

What's very sad is that these would have been people exporting Teesside Steel. So many other Teesport jobs will be to bring foreign goods in but we were actually exporting most of the production.


From today's The Insider Media Limited @ http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/northeast/pd-ports-to-cut-jobs-after-ssi-collapse
PD Ports to cut jobs after SSI collapse
15th Oct 2015 North East Matthew Ord



Teesport owner PD Ports has confirmed that jobs will be lost in the wake of the "adverse effect" arising from the cessation of steelmaking at Redcar.

In a statement, the Middlesbrough-based company said the mothballing and closure of SSI UK's operations "will result in a number of redundancies" across its Teesside business just months after the pair signed a seven-year deal designed to secure 100 jobs and create about 30. Our aim is to minimise this impact as best as practically possible and we have already started the retraining and redeployment of personnel within our Tees operations, and this activity will continue," said PD Ports.

"We have held initial dialogue with employee representatives at Teesport and expect to engage in formal consultation processes with employees and their representatives about potential redundancies shortly. Since 2010 more than £60m worth of investment has been spent in developing, upgrading and enhancing capacity to meet the demands of our customers at Teesport. Going forward our intention is to further build on this successful platform and drive the business forward to meet new challenges and opportunities ensuring a sustainable and dynamic future for PD Ports."

Earlier this week it was confirmed that the coke ovens and blast furnace at SSI UK's Redcar steel mill are to be closed after "no viable offers were received" from potential buyers.
 

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Northern Ports come together in historic deal to make government listen

From today's Bdaily @ https://bdaily.co.uk/industrials/29...r-in-historic-deal-to-make-government-listen/
Northern Ports come together in historic deal to make government listen
Jamie Hardesty 29 Jun 2016


Oceania Cruises Nautica at Northumbrian Quay

Ports across the North are coming together to ensure their unified voice is heard by the government to improve freight and transport links.

PD Ports, the ports and logistics firm with operations at Teesport, Hartlepool and on the Humber, has been holding regular roundtable discussions with Port of Tyne, ABP Ports and Peel Ports.

Parties have brokered a ground-breaking pact announced in Liverpool today to pursue a Northern Ports Strategy, work together to create new jobs in and around ports, and boost investment in an East-West Freight Supercorridor with improvements to rail infrastructure being the ultimate priority.

Geoff Lippitt, PD Ports’ Development Director, said: “These are going to be changing economic times for the whole of the UK therefore it’s important that the North and Northern ports are seen as a progressive body to drive through that change. We at PD Ports have always been at the forefront of developing economic growth through our investments and this complements what we are already achieving locally, regionally and nationally.“

Primary recommendations include:

* Develop local port growth strategies focusing on opportunities in established, developing and emerging industry clusters, energy and logistics.
* A requirement for each major port, working in conjunction with its local planning authorities to develop an adopted port masterplan.
* Transport of the North to work with the Department for Transport and Network Rail to prioritise the creation of an East-West freight super corridor.
*Government to set out a clear, consistent and long-term energy strategy on which on which businesses can plan long-term future investment.
* Government to support modal shift from road to rail and to coastal feedering and significantly reduce costly and inefficient North-South lorry movements.
* Establish a Northern Ports, Freight and Logistics Association to drive strategic co-operation within the sector and to create a Northern Maritime Knowledge Hub.

Read more @ https://bdaily.co.uk/industrials/29...r-in-historic-deal-to-make-government-listen/
 

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Grayling approves facilities to support North Yorkshire potash mine

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has a granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for new harbour facilities in Teesside, linked to a potash mine approved last year.
North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) approved developer Sirius Minerals’ plans for the £1.7 billion potash mine at Dove’s Nest Farm near Whitby in July 2015. Much of its associated infrastructure is on the North York Moors.
The plans include a loading site at the mouth of the River Tees, which is expected to ship the polyhalite fertiliser from the mine.
The harbour would oversee distribution of the polyhalite after it is transported through an underground conveyor belt to a handling site in Wilton, near Redcar.
http://www.theplanner.co.uk/news/grayling-approves-facilities-to-support-north-yorkshire-potash-mine
 

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Thanks for posting Northumbrian - this must be the most important development project on and around Teesside. Good old-fashioned proper jobs!

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has a granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for new harbour facilities in Teesside, linked to a potash mine approved last year.
North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) approved developer Sirius Minerals’ plans for the £1.7 billion potash mine at Dove’s Nest Farm near Whitby in July 2015. Much of its associated infrastructure is on the North York Moors.
The plans include a loading site at the mouth of the River Tees, which is expected to ship the polyhalite fertiliser from the mine.
The harbour would oversee distribution of the polyhalite after it is transported through an underground conveyor belt to a handling site in Wilton, near Redcar.
http://www.theplanner.co.uk/news/grayling-approves-facilities-to-support-north-yorkshire-potash-mine
 

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'Give us better transport links between east and west', demand North's major ports

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'Give us better transport links between east and west', demand North's major ports
13 Sep 2016 By Jonathan Walker


Extended facilities at Riverside Quay, Port of Tyne

The four major ports of the North of England called for investment of £100m to improve road and rail links as they joined forces to launch a new Northern Ports Association.

Port of Tyne has joined forces with Tees Valley, Liverpool and Hull and Humber ports to create the new partnership, which officially got under way at a signing ceremony in the House of Commons attended by Transport Minister John Hayes and other senior politicians. The Northern Ports Association is designed to boost North’s imports and exports.

And in one of its first acts, it launched a campaign for better road and rail links between the North East and North West. The association said investment of £100m could give the economy a major boost. It follows the launch of a report by think tank IPPR North in June, which highlighted the dominance of southern ports and the problems this creates in transporting imports and exports across the UK. At the moment, 60% of freight destined for the North is delivered to southern ports - leading to unnecessary motorway traffic, delays, pollution and inefficiency.

But IPPR North and the new association says that the North can act as a genuine gateway to the world, connecting Atlantic shipping in Liverpool in the west to the east’s links with the Continent. Ed Cox, director of IPPR North, said: “Post-Brexit, the Northern Powerhouse agenda is more important than ever. Far from the powerhouse being a Whitehall-led scheme, northern businesses are taking control and creating much-needed jobs and prosperity.

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Brent Delta en-route to Teesside

From today's insider Media Limited @ https://www.insidermedia.com/insider/northeast/brent-delta-en-route-to-teesside
Brent Delta en-route to Teesside
Matthew ord 2 May 2017



The Brent Delta topside will arrive on Teesside later today (2 May) as part of its decommissioning programme.

The oil platform is a 24,200-tonne structure with a footprint of 72m x 47m and is on its way to the Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool. It will arrive as a single piece, having been lifted from its foundation and transported by the world's largest vessel – the £2.5bn Pioneering Spirit.

Shell sought approval to dismantle the oil platform in February 2015. This was subsequently approved by the government five months later. Brent Delta stopped production in 2011 and Brent Alpha and Bravo ceased in November 2014. Production from the field continues through Brent Charlie.

Peter Stephenson, executive chairman at Able, said: "The arrival of the Brent Delta Topside will represent a significant development for the entire decommissioning sector and is the culmination of a long and detailed process that has involved a wide range of partners. For our part, we have invested £28m in developing a new heavy duty specialist quay to receive these types of structures. The arrival itself should certainly provide fellow Teessiders with an impressive spectacle. Of course the topside will not be a permanent feature and our ultimate aim is to recycle over 98 per cent of the structure, a process that should be completed within the next 12 months."

https://www.insidermedia.com/insider/northeast/brent-delta-en-route-to-teesside
 

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Press Release from Tees Business - https://teesbusiness.co.uk/2018/05/02/pd-ports-opens-state-of-the-art-tees-harbour-office/
PD Ports opens state-of-the-art Tees Harbour Office
May 2, 2018



PD Ports has celebrated the opening of a new state-of-the-art Harbour Office on the River Tees – described as the equivalent of an air traffic control tower – located next to Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge.

The new Harbour Office has been opened on the site of the former Marine Fire Station after relocating from Teesport to make way for MGT’s £650m Tees Renewable Energy Plant.

Classed as the nerve centre for the river Tees’ operations, the Harbour Office controls the movement of over 4,300 vessels a year, managing all traffic on the 12 miles under PD Ports’ jurisdiction as statutory harbour authority, including those going in and out of Teesport.



The Harbour Office had stood in its previous location further downstream since the 1970s but has relocated to make way for conveyors that will carry wood pellets and chips – the raw materials of the new MGT Teesside Power Plant – from the Port to the new facility.

The new centre, home to Harbour Master Paul Brooks and his team, was officially opened by MGT Teesside’s chief executive officer, Ben Elsworth, at a ceremony attended by representatives of PD Ports, stakeholders and contractors who had worked on the project.

Describing it as “a most impressive building”, Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports’ chief operating officer and vice-chairman, pictured above (left) with Mr Elsworth, said the Harbour Office controls all shipping movements ensuring safe passage along the river Tees, in a similar way that an air traffic control tower does with incoming and outgoing flights at an airport.

Explaining the reason why Mr Elsworth had been chosen to open the new building, Mr Hopkinson said: “We first started to talk to MGT about 10 years ago when Ben told us about their plans for a 299mwt biomass power station.



“We were staggered by the vision and potential of what they were trying to achieve. There have been ups and downs, setbacks and successes along the way, but the MGT plant is now acting as a catalyst to further reignite our business.”

“This move is symbolic as it represents the huge changes taking place across the industrial landscape of the Tees Valley and the major inward investments projects that are in the process of shaping the future of our region; creating thousands of jobs and driving economic growth.”



https://teesbusiness.co.uk/2018/05/02/pd-ports-opens-state-of-the-art-tees-harbour-office/
 
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