Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Growing Port Has Ambitious Plans for Future Expansion

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Growing Port Has Ambitious Plans for Future Expansion

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MIDDLESBROUGH-based PD Ports has experienced an exciting and high profile year so far, including the approval of a planning application to develop an import and distribution centre at Tees Dock, and growing support for plans to build a deep sea container terminal at the port.

In February, PD Teesport announced the news of a potential new warehousing development that would generate much needed jobs in the Tees Valley region. Permission has now been granted by Redcar & Cleveland Council for PD Teesport and Gazeley, the leading European logistics property developer, to create a new import and distribution centre at Tees Dock.

The new pounds 30m logistics hub is anticipated to generate up to 450 new jobs on completion and will deliver up to 508,300 sq ft of new dockside warehouse accommodation in up to three phases of construction.

"This is a significant step forward for PD Teesport," explained David Robinson, managing director of PD Teesport. "This development further illustrates our drive to develop Teesport as the new gateway for container traffic in the UK.

"Significant areas of brownfield development land remain available at the port and we are delighted that Gazeley is the first developer to establish an import centre based at Teesport."

This new venture comes at a time when PD Teesport has seen the introduction of new shipping lines to its Teesport container facilities.

One of the new shipping lines is Feederlink BV, the Dutch leader in container shipping operations, which commenced its new weekly service call into Teesport in April.

This new regular service sails from Felixstowe, calling at Teesport on a Thursday, then sailing on to South Shields before returning to Felixstowe.

The continued growth of new shipping lines calling at PD Teesport has further strengthened the case for its proposed expansion plans to develop a deep sea container terminal at Tees Dock. …

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