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International conference comes to Newcastle30 Sep 2010

Of all the cities in the world delegates from an international organisation have chosen Newcastle for their annual conference.


Panama and New Orleans were both strong contenders to host the International Dry Bulk Group event but it seems neither could compete with the charms of Tyneside.

More than 60 delegates from 15 countries will converge on Newcastle for a three day visit during which, as well as their conference, they will enjoy a formal dinner at Alnwick Castle.

The dinner is being hosted by Port of Tyne, which has been a member of Dry Bulk Terminals Group for five years and is confident the visitors will provide a valuable insight into bulk cargo operations.

Dry Bulk Terminals Group is an association open to all owners and operators of dry bulk terminals worldwide - dry bulk being grain, coal, cement, timber or ore and any other material that can be loaded into a ship by conveyor belt or crane.

The Port of Tyne will also give delegates a tour of its estate where they will be able to visit a new biomass storage and handling facility, which includes the largest dedicated biomass storage unit in Europe measuring some 150 metres by 100 metres.

Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Tyne says "In November last year we announced that the Port of Tyne had signed an agreement with Drax Power Limited, to embark upon an ambitious and exciting new project for the provision of handling and covered storage facilities for between 0.5 million and 1.4 million tonnes of biomass per annum, for an initial 10 year period. The project, costing is in excess of £16 million, will take full advantage of the Port's excellent deep water berths, infrastructure and manpower and will help deliver the business's aim of creating a vibrant and sustainable Port of Tyne.

I am delighted that representatives from all over the world involved in Dry Bulk commodities will have the opportunity to visit the Biomass Storage facility. Delegates will also find out more detail about the project, which is due to be commissioned in October 2010, when Steven Harrison, Chief Operating Officer, Port of Tyne addresses the conference."

As well as hosting the annual dinner at Alnwick Castle on Thursday, September 30th, Port of Tyne will be presenting a framed match photo of Newcastle Falcons to avid rugby fan delegates from Port Waratah Coal Services Newcastle in Australia; the world's largest exporter of coal.


Plaese click here to view the gallery from the International Dry Bulk Terminal Dinner


For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, Port of Tyne Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager

Tel: 07912 390 777 Email:

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