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The Port of Tyne, one of the UK’s major deep-sea ports, remains open for business during the Coronavirus pandemic, and key workers are going above and beyond to ensure Britain keeps going – from keeping the lights on to keeping the nation supplied with tea.

Working in partnership with its customers, the Port is operating as normal, and adhering to Government guidelines, to enable the flow of critical supplies in to and out of the Port for the benefit of North East England and Britain as a whole.

The Port is playing a key part in powering homes and businesses across the country, working alongside Drax and Lynemouth Power Limited (LPL) to import around 50,000 tonnes of sustainable biomass wood pellets per week—generating enough clean, renewable energy to power 750,000 homes.

Port key workers are also working hard to help the nation’s favourite tea brand, Tetley do what they do best. Each week the hundreds of tonnes of raw tea coming through the Port has helped Tetley keep shelves stocked during unprecedented levels of demand, maintain supplies of tea to the NHS, care homes and other front-line emergency services, and supply tea to the DEFRA care packs being issued to those identified as most vulnerable in Britain.

The Port is also working collaboratively with Ringtons to import 100 tonnes of raw tea every week—from destinations as far flung as East Africa, India, and Sri Lanka—before being delivered to Ringtons and, ultimately, onto their famous vans.

As Matt Beeton, Chief Executive at the Port of Tyne, explains: “Key workers at the Port have adopted a flexible approach to meeting short term—and significant—increases in demand for container, warehouse and transport operations, working quickly and efficiently to deliver for our customers.”

Continues Matt: “The Port of Tyne plays a crucial role in supporting supply chains across the North East, and Britain as a whole, and this has never been more prevalent.

“It is essential we remain open and fully operational to continue our role in keeping the country’s lights on; the nation’s tea cupboards stocked, and in keeping Britain moving at this critical time. The Port’s key workers are doing a marvellous job—working day and night—to keep Britain going.”

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