PD Teesport is investing £300 million to develop its Northern Gateway, which will transform the port into a deep sea terminal to ease direct services from Far East countries such as China. Investment will include dredging, to allow for ships in excess of 10 million teu, and also construction initiatives for warehousing. According to Graham Wall, commercial director – containers, around 53 per cent of the UK’s deep sea containers are destined for the north but are routed through Felixstowe, Southampton and Tilbury. As a result, southern ports are close to capacity and congestion is rising. The Northern Gateway would enable containers to be sent directly north, relieving the congestion at southern ports.