A huge vessel has been towed into the River Tyne to be converted for use in the North Sea oil industry.
The Enquest Producer is 250m long and 40m wide. It weighs 53,000 tonnes.
It will provide half a million hours of work on the river before she sets off for the North Sea oil fields off the coast of Aberdeen.
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.
The Port of Tyne confirmed there is an on-going incident at the South Shields site.
No-one has been injured and there was no explosion.
There has been an incident, we're working with the fire brigade at the minute.
The Port of Tyne has confirmed that no-one has been injured in the fire at the site in South Shields.
Around 50 firefighters are at the scene.
Fifty firefighters are battling to control a huge fire at the Port of Tyne.
Crews were called to the container terminal in South Shields at around 3pm after reports of a fire in the Biomass shed.
Nine fire engines, two special appliances and an aerial appliance have been sent to the scene.
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.
The Port of Tyne has announced record profits for the third year in a row. It has broken its own records with year on year growth since 2009. Turnover increased to a record £63 million.
Bosses say an estimated £54 million has been brought to the region thanks to the growth of cruise and ferry passengers using the Port's International Passenger Terminal.
Cargo volume has almost doubled since 2009. Expansion plans announced earlier should create 1200 jobs.
Plans have been unveiled for a major expansion of the Port of Tyne.
The investment would help it to tap in to the boom in renewable energy.
The port wants to build new facilities to import wood pellets, which would be burned in the country's power stations.
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