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Published: 14 January 2011
PD Ports has announced that Teesport set a new container throughput record in 2010, handling 150,000 containers for the first time in a calendar year.
This latest milestone surpasses 2009’s container handling record at Teesport, when over 100,000 containers were handled for the first time. As a result, Teesport has reported a year on year growth in excess of 45% at the port’s container terminals.
“To have reached this record number from a steady throughput of around 80,000 containers only some two and a half years ago is a testimony to the success of our portcentric logistics strategy and the hard work that went into making it a success,” said Frans Calje, managing director, unitised, at PD Ports.
Calje said he was confident these results would continue to climb in 2011 as Teesport continues with its container handling expansion plans, positioning the port of one of the UK’s major container hubs.
PD Ports will shortly embark on the first phase of expanding Teesport’s container terminal capacity to 450,000 TEU/year from its current capacity of 235,000 TEU/year, representing an investment of over £15M. Subsequent phases will be investigated subject to volume growth and market stability.
The port’s overall strategy is to expand port-wide capacity, including ro-ro traffic, to at least 650,000 TEU/year, which will position Teesport as a major player in the container market.
“This work, which will potentially involve some £29M of total investment, signifies a long term commitment to our unitised business, on the back of major growth opportunities. This will further improve performance and productivity for the port’s growing number of customers,” Calje added.
The recent growth in container volumes at Teesport coincides with the successful portcentric logistics strategy adopted by the port in recent years, which has attracted leading retailers Asda and Tesco, as well as Taylors of Harrogate. PD Ports remains focused on developing the platform to attract more businesses and economic activities across the region in 2011.