Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Global Brand - with Its Heart in the Community; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Global Brand - with Its Heart in the Community; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

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THE name of the Port of Tyne is known the world over as one of the UK's busiest deep sea ports, a vital trading gateway to Europe and beyond. From its base in South Tyneside, the Port operates on a global scale.

The total value of goods imported and exported across its busy quays in 2010 was no less than pounds 10bn.

In fact it is the UK's largest export port for cars and seventh largest in Europe.

Many of the UK's top blue chip companies - and household brand names such as Tetley Tea, Nissan, VW, Tesco, Matalan, JML, Tommee Tippee and the Co-op - are already served by the Port.

Some of the country's electricity producers rely on its 24/7 operations to deliver coal and other fuel to power the industry.

And on the north site, over half a million people used the International Passenger Terminal last year for the daily ferries to Amsterdam or cruises to holiday destinations in Scandinavia, the Baltic and Northern Europe.

The Port has thrived in recent years and has continued to be profitable, reinvesting all of its profits for the benefit of its stakeholders.

That means either investing in the Port infrastructure to meet the needs of its customers for now and the future or in the communities around its operating area where it can make a difference.

Over the last decade investment of pounds 100m in new developments has led to business growth across each of the Port's five commercial areas of conventional and bulk cargoes, car terminals, cruise and ferries, logistics and commercial property.

Under the leadership of CEO Andrew Moffat, the aim is to be a vibrant and sustainable Port of Tyne, ensuring that the Port will continue to support business and communities.

It is a dynamic trading hub with ambitious business plans for future growth.

The recent completion of a pounds 4m major dredging operation on the river has already created noticeable increases in bulk cargo activity at the Port.

"Deepening the channel depth to 10m and the Port's bulk terminal to 13m has placed the Port of Tyne in the 'Premier League' of the UK's deepest ports," said Andrew.

"We are looking to grow and make sure the Port continues to play a leading role in the economic growth of the region."

Now around 80% of the world's bulk carrier fleet can be accommodated at the Port of Tyne and ever bigger ships can be seen coming through piers on a regular basis.

Thirty-six cruise ships are provisionally booked to visit in 2011 - which would make it a record year for cruise - and the numbers of containers importing goods and exporting recyclables, such as waste paper and plastic, continues to grow. The Port is also leading developments in renewable energy.

It has begun the import of biomass fuel - wood pellets - which are fired with coal to generate electricity and to handle this cargo has invested over pounds 20m in storage and transportation facilities. …

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