PD Ports is to start on the first phase of a £29 million container terminal expansion at Teesport.
Frans Calje, PD Ports’ managing director, unitised, said: “This is the first phase of expanding Teesport’s container terminal capacity to 450,000 TEU, from its current capacity of 235,000 teu – an investment of over £15m.
“Subsequent phases will be investigated subject to volume growth and market stability with the total project potentially involving some £29m. The port’s overall strategy is to expand port wide capacity, including RoRo traffic, to at least 650,000 teu, which will position Teesport as a major player in the container market.”
Container traffic at the port for the first half of 2010 was up 62 per cent on last year at 129,000 teu.
The first phase, which is expected to commence in November and last approximately 10 months, will focus on the reconfiguring of the existing container terminal layout, including all associated civil works and installation of new rubber tyre gantry cranes. This will be supported by the implementation of a sophisticated terminal management system.