Following a fire in a conveyor transfer tower at the Port of Tyne yesterday (Friday) work has begun to assess and repair the damage and determine the cause. The structure is external to the main wood pellet storage facility at the port.
The fire was quickly brought under control by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. They remained on site overnight to ensure the material did not reignite. The wood pellet handling facility is expected to resume operations over the weekend.
Wood pellet transferred from the Port of Tyne is used in power-stations to generate electricity. No other Port of Tyne operations are affected.
Hundreds of people are expected to join heritage tours to take a closer look at iconic and historic buildings such as Tynemouth Lighthouse and the Swing bridge. It is part of the Heritage Open Days, being run by The Port of Tyne.
Heritage Open Days return 12 – 15 September across the region. So far over 200 people have registered to tour Tynemouth Lighthouse, with a further 150 taking a tour of Newcastle’s Swing Bridge.