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."
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
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.
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.