Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Tyne, said:
"We have been exceptionally busy in response to global markets, in particular to meet the demand for coal and wood pellet for our UK power station customers, and we have maintained our share of the market in all our other business areas.
"Overall we are pleased with activity levels and gratified that we can continue to contribute positively to the region's economy with the continued support of our partners, customers, employees and other stakeholders."
– Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Tyne
The Port of Tyne has announced it achieved its highest cargo volume for more than 50 years in 2013.
In total, 8.1 million tonnes of cargo was handled on the River Tyne - the largest volume of goods since 1965. Among that was five million tonnes of coal and one million tones of wood pellet.
The number of passengers using the Port's International Passenger Terminal at North Shields also set new records. A total of 625,000 passengers, up 4%, travelled through the Terminal. This included 64,000 passengers from the 32 cruise ships that called into the Port in 2013
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.