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360 years service for port staff10 Jul 2009

Dedicated staff members at Port of Tyne have been rewarded for their commitment totaling 360 years of service.

The 13 port employees took part in an evening of celebrations at the Port of Tyne headquarters, Maritime House, to honour their achievements on Wednesday 8th July.

One staff member, Gordon Dodds,66, of South Shields has reached an impressive 50 years of service, starting employment with the Port in 1958 as an apprentice electrician five days after his 16th birthday.

Gordon said: "When I first joined the Port I was only 16 and in those days things were totally different to how they are now. I've seen a lot of changes during the years and the Port has made a massive investment in the redevelopment of Riverside Quay and in building excellent warehouses in Tyne Dock. Unlike my early days here, nowadays everything is done on a computer.

"I have worked at Port of Tyne for a long time because it is a great company and I've always had a good job to do. It is a fantastic place to work and I've worked with some fantastic people."

Port of Tyne is also recognising seven employees who have achieved 30 years of service together with five employees with 20 years' service who have either already retired, or will be retiring, this year.

Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive of the award-winning Port of Tyne, said: "Our key strengths are our employees and our history and it isn't unusual for employees to have been here for over 30 years. So we have loyalty and people enjoy working in the port. Our annual Celebration of Achievement is reflective of the magnitude of experience we have within the business."

Studious staff have also celebrated training achievements and, in particular, Heather Coltman, Purchasing Supervisor at the Port, who has been studying law at Newcastle College, was selected from more than £1.75m students to receive Medal of Excellence from the prestigious City and Guilds.

The Port of Tyne's Director of Human Resources, Geoff Gillon, said: "In any company, staff retention is an important issue; get it wrong and it can be costly in terms of potential loss of business, get it right and you build a team of committed professionals contributing to a successful organisation.

"Our annual Celebration of Achievement is testament to the port getting it right, at least some of the time!"

Operational Note to Editors

The Port of Tyne is an important Northern Gateway and key player in the Tyne & Wear region; a dynamic trading hub with five business areas: conventional and bulk cargoes; logistics; car terminals; cruise and ferries; and estates.

For further information contact

Lisa Donohoe, Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel: 0191 455 2671
Mob: 07912 390 777
Email: lisa.donohoe@portoftyne.co.uk

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