Thursday, January 6, 2011

East Coast Port Ships 45% More Containers

Boost in Traffic for PD
Shipping News Feature

UK – As we have been indicating for sometime one of the few consistent growth areas in freight carriage has been the steady expansion of container shipping feeder services, with the East Coast being particularly ripe for development due to the comparatively difficult conditions for both road and rail traffic. Now figures released by PD Ports, operators of Teesport, seem to support that conclusion.

This week PD Ports announced they have increased throughput of boxes to 150,000 through its container terminals for the first time in history within a calendar year. This exceeds by 45% the 2009 figure and company Managing Director Frans Calje is confident these results will continue to climb in 2011 as Teesport continues with its container handling expansion plans, with the aim of positioning the port as one of the UK ’s major container hubs. Mr Calje said:

“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. This is without doubt a highlight we can be very proud of at PD Ports.

“As we progress into the New Year, we will start to see work commence on the first phase of expansion plans. This work, which will potentially involve some £29 million 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.”

This is the first phase of expanding Teesport’s container terminal capacity to 450,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit), 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. The port’s overall strategy is to expand port wide capacity, including RoRo traffic, to at least 650,000 TEU, intended to position Teesport as a major player in the container market.

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Photo:- A PD Ports Reachstacker moves a container within the port.