Port on course for expansion

THE owners of Hartlepool’s dockland are on course to double their capacity at a neighbouring port.

PD Ports has a plan to spend £29m on doubling its container handling capacity at Teesport.

It completed the ground works for the programme in January by installing heavy duty paving and has also added four new gantry cranes.

PD Ports’ plan is to almost double the container terminal capacity and position Teesport as the second largest container port in the north of the UK.

Chief executive David Robinson said he was “very pleased” with the progress made and said the cranes represented the single biggest equipment investment at Teesport since the container terminal opened in 2003.

Bosses said the expansion had a green benefit as there would be less miles travelled by lorries because they could unpack, store and pick goods at the port for onward delivery to stores.

They said their plans had been boosted by news that the Clipper Logistics Group would be opening a purpose built distribution centre in the Tees Valley.

The Hartlepool Mail revealed in December last year that distribution firm Clipper was bringing a massive new plant to the area.

It is building the 350,000 sq ft plant in Wynyard and the Mail understands it will bring between 400 and 500 jobs to the Tees Valley with more on top of that while the factory is being built.