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A new container service linking the Russian port of St Petersburg with the Port of Tyne in South Shields has got underway with the arrival of the largest container vessel ever handled at the Port of Tyne.


At 168m long and almost four times the container TEU* capacity of most container ships visiting the Port, the ‘Calisto' sailed into the record books for the largest container vessel ever operated at the Port of Tyne's Container Terminal.

Managed by Seago Line, one of the world's largest short-sea container operators and part of the Maersk Group, the route will operate an 8-day service.

The Seago Line service supports the Port of Tyne's existing container traffic operated by Unifeeder and BG Freight providing connectivity to Bremerhaven, Copenhagen, Felixstowe, Grangemouth, Helsingborg, Rotterdam and St Petersburg.

Richard Newton, Port of Tyne Commercial Manager Logistics, said: "The Port's recent £6m investment in a second gantry crane has enabled this increase in business.

"The Calisto is almost 60 per cent longer than most container vessels visiting the Port, and its capacity of 1,578 twenty feet equivalent size containers confirms the real potential to further grow the Port's container volumes."

The Port of Tyne handles containers encompassing a mix of imports and exports for some of the UK's leading brands including, Nissan, Tetley Tea, Barbour, JML, Argos, Tommee Tippee and many more.

Immediately the new service will see container exports from the Port of Tyne increase by around 50% and could increase the Port's distribution business by 5%, with the opportunity for customers to add further value through Port of Tyne's warehousing operations as business grows.


Notes to Editors:

The Port of Tyne is the UK's fastest growing major deep-sea port - a vital trading gateway to world-wide markets

Investment of over £120m in the past 10 years has created the infrastructure to deliver continued growth of the Port's diverse businesses

*TEU, twenty feet equivalent unit, standard measure of container vessel capacity

The Seago Line Calisto is 15,487 Gross Tonnage, 1578 TEU capacity and 168m long, almost 60 per cent larger in terms of length of vessel and over 200% larger in terms of TEUs

In 2013 the Port of Tyne invested £6m in a new container gantry crane which is capable of handling 98% of the world's short sea container fleet

The Port of Tyne adds £500m to the economy of the North East supporting 10k jobs


For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, Public Relations Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 191 455 2671 Mobile: +44 (0)79123 90777 E: Twitter: @Port_of_Tyne

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