The Port of Tees covers about 200 hectares on the south bank of the River Tees. The Ports of Tees and Hartlepool handle about six thousand ships and 56 million tons of cargo each year. PD Ports, part of Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Group, is one of the UK’s leading port businesses, operating many ports across the UK. PD Ports owns over 926 hectares of land properties, primarily located at Teesport. The Ports of Tees and Hartlepool (Teesport) is the second busiest port in the UK based on annual tonnage. PD Ports owns and operates the Ports of Tees and Hartlepool. The important deep-sea complex is central to the industrial Tees Valley.
The Ports of Tees and Hartlepool give ocean-going vessels “lock-free” access to a diverse set of terminals and facilities that provide a wide range of cargo-handling and marine-related services. The harbor office provides general cargo handling, bulk storage and handling, heavy lift and project cargo support, and container and roll-on/roll-off facilities.
Many private operators at the Ports of Tees and Hartlepool operate wharves and jetties on the Tees River. Dawson’s Wharf is the largest dry cargo wharf on the river, and it handles about 400 thousand tons of cargo a year including chemical and mineral imports. It can accommodate ships to five thousand DWT and offers 500 meters of rail-connected river frontage. The Cochrane’s Wharf in the Ports of Tees and Hartlepool occupies 100 meters of yet-to-be-developed river frontage and a 5-hectare site for importing marine dredged aggregate. Normanby Wharf is a 100-meter quay with alongside depth of 5.1 meters.
Redcar Ore Terminal at Ports of Tees and Hartlepool handles is a deep-sea bulk terminal that handles more than eight million tons of imports a year. Cleveland Potash at Teesport is a distribution center for mined products, handling exports of 500 thousand tons of potash and 250 thousand tons of grain and bulk minerals each year. Serving local chemical producers, Vopak Teesside provides storage facilities for bulk liquids and gas. The Riverside Terminal and Seal Sands Terminal house tank storage facilities serving the petrochemical complexes at Billingham and Wilton.
The Ports of Tees and Hartlepool also offer offshore services and facilities. Teesside is well-known for its huge fixed platforms, which have largely been replaced by more modern sub-sea structures and increased use of floating, production, storage, and offloading vessels (FPSOs). However, years of experience and established expertise have allowed the Ports of Tees and Hartlepool to grow with the changing market over the past five years. Hartlepool has expanding its offshore sector, and it is now home to a fabricator of large models used in the North Sea, Heerema Hartlepool Offshore. Furthermore, Hartlepool handled more than a million tons of concrete-coated pipes for the new Ormen Lange gas pipeline in 2005.
Covering 49 hectares in the Ports of Tees and Hartlepool, the Teesport Commerce Park offers over 1400 meters of quay with alongside depth of 6.5 meters dedicated to heavy cargoes. Able UK operates a 51-hectare site with dry dock, dock frontage, fabrication buildings, and supporting equipment for the decommissioning and disposal of a variety of deep-sea operations equipment and structures. A nearby site houses the prime contractor for fabricating, refurbishing, and de-commissioning offshore equipment and structures.
The Ports of Tees and Hartlepool include the PD Ports-operated Teesport Container Terminals at the Tees Dock. Terminal 1 provides direct North Sea access and 24-hours support. Terminal 2 can accommodate vessels with capacity for almost 2500 TEUs of containerized cargo. PD Ports expects continual growth at these terminals, as the Tees Valley hinterland provides increased industrial cargoes for export.
The Ports of Tees and Hartlepool Terminal 1’s quay is 294 meters long with alongside depth of 8.5 meters and can accommodate vessels to 15 thousand DWT. It offers six hectares of outside storage and about 85 thousand square meters of inside storage. Terminal 2’s quay is 360 meters long with alongside depth of 10.5 meters and can accommodate vessels carrying up to 3500 TEUs. It has 11 hectares of inside storage.
A new facility at Riverside RoRo in the Ports of Tees and Hartlepool has allowed the annual import of more than 100 thousand cars through its 23-hectare storage facility, and a new agreement with Renault has secured a long-term future for this facility. General Motors leases another five hectares for storage of vehicle imports from their center in Zeebrugge.
The Ports of Tees and Hartlepool have long been known for exports of steel products. The Steel Export Terminal has direct connections with railways, and steel products are exported monthly through the facility to the Middle East, Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Lakes. Shipments are made weekly to European ports. With recent investments, PD Ports expects this cargo to exceed three million tons. The Tees Dock handles a range of bulk cargoes, and about 200 thousand tons of bulk cargo passes over the dock each year.
The Port of Hartlepool is about four nautical miles north of the Tees River. It has quay frontage of 910 meters with alongside depth of 9 meters. It can accommodate vessels to 25 thousand DWT. It offers 150 thousand square meters of outside storage and about 85 thousand square meters of inside storage. The port has equipment to handle a variety of bulk cargoes including minerals, fertilizers, grain, and scrap. It is also fully equipped to handle a variety of forest products, with 60 thousand square meters of open storage and 29 thousand square meters of warehouses dedicated to timber and pulp and paper with a computerized stock control system. Hartlepool has also become an important hub for the import of steel plate used to make large-diameter pipe that is, in turn, exported through the port.
Finally, P&O Ferries have operated at the Ports of Tees and Hartlepool for more than 15 years. They have six sailings a week to both Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, serving shippers from north England and Scotland. They have used improved and bigger vessels on these routes, and PD Ports has matched that investment with more berths and gatehouse facilities and better IT support. The service has become very popular for short-sea traffic of containers, cars, and lately, trailers.