Teesport increases container capacity

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PD Ports has completed the first phase of its plan to develop its container terminal handling facilities at Teesport.

It has spent £2m on relocating the Vauxhall cars import compound to make some ten acres of land available, behind the existing TCT2 container terminal facilities to accommodate an increase in container volumes. This has pushed capacity up from 206,000 to 236,000 teu.

The Port expects to grow its container volumes in the period before work starts on the Northern Gateway Container Terminal.

Chief executive David Robinson said: “The rise in volumes is a result of general growth of our existing customer activity, together with increasing portcentric logistics traffic from the likes of existing client Asda WalMart and recently Tesco, whose 1.2 million sq ft import centre is due to open at Teesport next week.”

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