Continued investment speaks volumes for Teesport’s performance

PD Ports has reaffirmed its commitment to Teesport by investing in three new rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to meet continued growth in container volumes.  The specialist cranes have been ordered from Liebherr Container Cranes, which has over 50 years of experience in crane development and manufacture.

During the past five years, PD Ports has invested more than £60 million at Teesport to develop, upgrade and enhance capacity to meet the demands of its customers.  This level of investment has positioned the port as the northern gateway for containerised goods.

Since 2007 Teesport has experienced a 13% year-on-year uplift in container volumes.  Last year the port handled 420,000 TEU, making it the second largest container port in the north of England.

David Robinson, PD Ports’ Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are committed to continuing to invest in Teesport to ensure we have the right infrastructure to support the growth of our business and those of our customers.

“We already have a strong operational platform with solid infrastructure and a state-of-the art terminal operating system.  Teesport continues to be a leading player in the UK ports sector and these new cranes signify the next step in the port’s development.”

Pat O’Leary, Liebherr Container Cranes’ Managing Director, added: “Liebherr has been a commercial partner of PD Ports for over 25 years and during that time has supplied a number of STS cranes to Teesport.  We are delighted to continue this partnership with the signing of a framework agreement for RTGs and the supply of these state-of-the-art machines to the port.

“The combination of productivity technologies and numerous safety systems which are features of these RTGs will allow for increased box handling capacity and continued safety for personnel and equipment at Teesport.”

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