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Route to Russia: Largest container ship to be handled at Port of Tyne

Port of Tyne Commercial Manager Richard Newton right presents Seago Line's Captain of the Calisto with a Port plaque

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

Largest container ship marks new route for the Port of Tyne and Seago Line

At 168m long, the ‘Calisto’ made the record books for being the largest container vessel ever operated at the Port of Tyne’s Container Terminal.

Largest container ship to visit Port of Tyne

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.

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Port of Tyne handles record-breaking ship

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

At 168m long, the ‘Calisto’ made the record books for being the largest container vessel ever operated at the Port of Tyne’s Container Terminal.

"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.”

– Richard Newton, Port of Tyne Commercial Manager Logistics

European ruling a blow to the Port of Tyne

The Port of Tyne faces tougher competition from Liverpool Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The European Commission has ruled that the Port of Tyne does NOT face unfair competition from Liverpool.

An investigation was launched after a complaint that the Merseyside port had broken the rules on state funding.

Liverpool received around £18m from the EU and the UK government to build a new cruise terminal.

The grants were awarded on condition that Liverpool did not compete with other ports - including the Port of Tyne - for lucrative holiday routes.

Liverpool was able to get the restrictions lifted, though, by offering to pay back the UK grant.

The European Commission's final decision is a blow for the North East: the cruise ship industry brings over £30m a year to the Port of Tyne and supports around 1400 jobs.

Port boss praises cargo volume record

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

Port of Tyne breaks cargo record

Port of Tyne sees highest cargo volume since 1965 Credit: 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

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Investigations into stranding continue

Grenaa Star. Credit: RNLI Tynemouth

Investigations are continuing after a sinking trawler collided with a pier.

It happened yesterday morning (December 17) at the Port of Tyne.

The crew of the Grenaa Star were rescued.

The vessel's skipper, who suffered a head injury in the crash, was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment.

Repairs after fire at Port of Tyne

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.

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