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Friday, 16 January 2015

Port of Tyne embarks on £25m quayside work

The Port of Tyne in the North East of England will see construction begin on a £25 million upgrade project later this month.

Southbay Civil Engineering has been awarded £18.6 million out of the budget to develop the Riverside Quay. Work will involve building a 125 metre quay extension and upgrading 300 metres of existing quayside.

“This is the biggest single investment we have made since we built Europe’s first purpose-built wood pellet facilities in 2010 and it will significantly increase our capacity to handle increased volumes of cargoes,” Andrew Moffat, chief executive of the Port of Tyne said.

Upgrade work will include removal of a 118-metre section of 70-year-old quay and renewal of 90 metres of wall.

“Extending the length of the quay will increase the berthing capacity by almost 20% enabling up to four large cargo ships to berth simultaneously. We are investing to make sure the port is able to meet the needs of existing and future customers,” Moffatt added.

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