The Port of Tyne’s container terminal has increased its capacity by 40% to 753, 473 sq ft, which will see annual capacity increase to 100,000 TEUs.
A 25% increase in container volumes over the past five years has seen the Port invest £2 million in extending its 20 acre container terminal.
The port handles 30% of the UK’s tea as well as wine, clothing, and other consumer goods including furniture, machinery and recovered materials.
Port of Tyne chief executive officer Matt Beeton said: “This marks a new era in transformation for the Port of Tyne, helping global shippers to transport cargo more efficiently to their destination and ensuring we continue to service a growing customer base in the North East, North West and Scotland.
“Container shipping through the Port of Tyne avoids congestion in the south and unnecessary road miles reducing carbon emissions by as much as 80% for some of our customers as well as saving time and money.”
Almost 90% of non-bulk products are shipped in containers and the Port of Tyne’s regular container connections operated by BG Freight Line and Unifeeder provide direct connections from the Port at South Shields to the ports of Felixstowe and Rotterdam and from there the rest of the world.