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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

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.

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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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Hundreds sign up for Heritage Open Days

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.

Port of Tyne has record profits for third year

The Port of Tyne Credit: Port of Tyne

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.

A visiting cruise ship in the Port of Tyne Credit: ITV News

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.

A view of the Port of Tyne from a visiting cruise ship Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Cargo volume has almost doubled since 2009. Expansion plans announced earlier should create 1200 jobs.

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