Vital Role of River Route; THE River Tees Has Always Been a Key Commercial Artery for Many of Teesside's Chemical Companies - but Particularly So for SABIC UK Petrochemicals' Operations Here in the Region

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When SABIC, one of the world's fastest-growing chemical companies bought the former Huntsman petrochemicals business in December 2006, the Saudi company was delighted to acquire with it the extensive shipping infrastructure based at the North Tees Site and also south of the river at Teesport.

Shipping on the Tees plays a crucial role for SABIC in terms of bringing in important feedstocks and also providing superb exporting facilities to transport SABIC's products into the rest of Europe and beyond.

For instance, the jetties at SABIC's North Tees Site handle approximately 950 ships a year and eight million tonnes of product.

Some two-thirds of these ships work directly for SABIC, carrying over four million tonnes of material, ranging from fuel oils to naphtha feedstocks, Liquid Petroleum Gases (LPG's) and a range of other petrochemicals.

These jetties represent a vitally-needed logistical support asset for a significant part of the processing industry on Teesside, let alone SABIC.

Without doubt, safety is the top priority throughout these shipping operations, with all activities carried out in full accordance with the International and Port Facility Code (ISPS) to ensure the safe operation of ships. North Tees is also subject to Government-regulated Transport Security (TRANSEC) audits to ensure compliance with the regulations. …