The Port of Tyne Authority operates and manages the Port of Tyne. It is a trust port with independent statutory authority controlled by an independent board and with no shareholders or owners, operating solely for the benefit of its community of stakeholders. In 2006, the Port of Tyne handled over three milling tons of cargo, 530 vehicles, 20.5 thousand containers, and 650 thousand passengers.
Conventional cargo is handled at the Port of Tyne Docks in South Shields. The conventional cargo facilities include more than five hectares of purpose-built warehousing an open storage areas. The Port of Tyne is a major port for handling forest products, with trade partners in the Americas, the Baltic states, Europe, and the Far East. Over five hectares of warehousing and open storage are available for forest products.
The Port of Tyne also handles a variety of bulk cargoes through its multi-purpose bulk terminal. The terminal can accommodate Panamax vessels. Bulk imports include peat, zircon sand, aluminum hydrate, petroleum coke, and silver sand. Grain exports are processed before going to the ship loader at the Port of Tyne Bulk Terminal. Adjoining silos can hold 58.5 thousand tons of grain.
The Port of Tyne handles imports and exports of metals for deep-sea liners from India, Asia, and the Baltic region. Metal cargoes include coil, aluminum, steel plate, and pipes, and there are large concrete and paved storage areas available for steel and metal cargoes.
The deep-water container terminal at the Port of Tyne is five kilometers from the North Sea. Tyne Logistics Company Ltd. operates the 6.9-hectare container terminal, which has capacity for 3.2 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo. It is also served by a self-contained rail facility and offers services for hazardous and refrigerated cargoes.
The Port of Tyne imports and exports over 470 thousand cars a year at its vehicle-handling facility. The facility also accommodates rolling cargoes like agricultural and construction equipment and buses. Two purpose-built facilities serve shipment of cars at the Tyne Car Terminal. The Car Terminal offers 30 hectares of storage, secure parking for 20 thousand cars, and a dedicated railway facility.
The Port of Tyne has eight warehouses covering a total 57.6 thousand square meters and six transit sheds covering a total of 7.3 thousand square meters. It also offers two roll-on/roll-off transit sheds covering 2.3 thousand square meters. Heated storage is available, and the facilities operate 24 hours a day through the year.
The Port of Tyne’s Riverside Quay has an intermodal rail terminal and seven transit sheds covering a total of more than 42 thousand square meters. The quay at the Tyne Bulk Terminal can accommodate vessels to 230 meters long with draft of 10.5 meters, and it has rail loading and weighbridge facilities. The North West Quay accommodates vessels to 125 meters long with draft of 8 meters, and it contains transit sheds covering 1.9 thousand square meters. The Factory Quay accommodates vessels to 125 meters with draft of 7 meters.
The Port of Tyne Car Terminal RoRo Berth No. 1 accommodates vessels to 250 meters long with draft of 9.5 meters. The access bridge handles up to 80 tons GVW. The RoRo Berth No. 2 accommodates vessels to 180 meters long with 7 meters draft, and it can accommodate feeder vessels with stern or quarter ramp configurations. The RoRo Berth No. 3 can handle vessels to 150 meters long with draft of 7 meters, and it can accommodate feeder vessels with stern or quarter ramp configurations.
The Port of Tyne International Ferry Terminal in North Shields offers two roll-on/roll-off quays. RoRo No. 3 accommodates vessels up to 185 meters long with 7.1 meters draft, and it offers a span bridge for stern loading and unloading. RoRo No. 4 accommodates vessels to 185 meters long with 7.5 meters draft. The Whitehill Point Jetty can accommodate vessels of 150 meters long with draft of 8.36 meters. The Northumbrian Quay’s lay-by berth is 335 meters long with alongside depth of 7.1 meters. The Fish Quay is 995 meters long with alongside depth of 8.6 meters. The Ferry Terminal handles about 800 thousand passengers per year and can handle up to two thousand passengers at one time.
The Port of Tyne is the only cruise port between Leith and Harwich, and it has offers cruise services to the Baltic and Scandinavia. The International Passenger Terminal in North Shields has four berths that can accommodate the latest cruise ships. The terminal is located next to the Royal Quays Marina with shopping facilities that include the “Royal Quays” factory outlet center with cafes and a pub, a hotel, and a water park. All berths have direct access to the country’s road network and bus and taxi links to Newcastle. There are three cruise terminal berths.