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A vibrant and sustainable Port of Tyne29 Mar 2011

The Port of Tyne is one of the UK's major deep sea ports - a vital trading gateway to Europe and beyond.

Investment of more than £100m has created the infrastructure for a port fit for the 21st century, and the Port is now delivering continued growth in its diverse businesses: conventional and bulk cargoes, car terminals, cruise and ferries, logistics and a portfolio of commercial property.  

The seventh largest car handling port in Europe, Port of Tyne is now leading developments in renewable energy, with Europe's largest biomass handling and storage facility already commissioned and preparations underway to meet the needs of the emerging offshore wind turbine manufacturing industry.

The Port of Tyne has over 600 acres of operational land on both north and south banks of the River Tyne and is also responsible for conservancy and safe navigation of a 24 mile stretch of water.  In addition, the Port serves a wide area of businesses and trade, and in 2009 the Port was estimated to have added £367m to the regional economy, supporting around 9000 jobs.

In a recent visit Theresa Villiers, Minister of State for Transport, took to the water to see some of the recent major investments as part of the Port's aim to remain vibrant and sustainable.

Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Tyne, said: "It was a pleasure to welcome the Minister to the Port of Tyne and to have the opportunity to demonstrate the integral role the Port plays in the infrastructure of the region, and the contribution it makes to the businesses and enterprise that will be the core of the region's - and the UK's - growth for the future.

"The investments we have made have supported growth in the car, container and bulk cargo divisions and we are pleased with the progress so far. The future developments in renewable energy are key to regional growth and we are therefore investing further in these areas. The potential with offshore wind turbine manufacturing is huge for the River Tyne and the Port will continue to play a major role in helping to drive this business to the region."

The view from the river enabled the minister to see the port's car terminals, multi-purpose quay, international passenger terminal and bulk cargo facilities.  A third car terminal was opened last year and car import and export numbers reached record levels, with over 500,000 cars moving through the Port of Tyne in 2010, along with further growth in the container business.

Ms Villiers said: "I was delighted to see the great work being done at Port of Tyne - in particular the diversity of its business and the lead it is taking in renewable energy. I was also pleased to see the developments in car shipments, and to hear about the first of the new energy conscious cars such as Nissan's new Leaf coming into the UK through the Port of Tyne."

Her visit follows the recent visit by Shipping Minister Mike Penning who took a tour of the port in February.

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