Port of Teesport
Review and History

The Port of Teesport is a busy port in North Yorkshire County in northeast England. One of the United Kingdom’s three largest ports, it is five kilometers east of Middlesbrough on the River Tees.

About nine kilometers from the North Sea, the Port of Teesport is a 200-hectare deep-water facility owned and operated by PD Ports as part of the Ports of Tees and Hartlepool. Teesport handles more than six thousand vessels and over 56 million tons of cargo a year. It has direct rail and road connections.

Facilities at the Port of Teesport include two container quays and roll-on/roll-off facilities. The major cargo-handling facility, Tees Dock, is one of the UK’s few deep-water tidal facilities. It handles over 50 million tons of cargo a year with roll-on/roll-off and bulk cargo facilities.

The Tees Dock Terminal at the Port of Teesport handles more than a million tons of potash and salt each year, and the Steel Export Terminal handles over a million tons a year. With direct rail connections, eight overhead gantry cranes facility the movement of steel products. Since 2004, vessels from 3 thousand to 55 thousand tons have exported steel slab through the Port of Teesport, and PD Ports expected exports to increase to more than three million tons by 2007.

The Port of Teesport also handles forest imports of tropical hardwood and fiberboard from Asia, America, and West Africa and softwood and pulp from Scandinavia. The Port of Teesport also contains many wharf and jetty operators on the River Tees that focus on liquid and dry bulk storage. Specialist services support the North Sea oil and gas industry. About 200 thousand tons of bulk cargoes pass over these quays each year.

The Port of Teesport’s Dawson’s Wharf is the river’s biggest independent dry cargo handler, moving about 400 thousand tons of bulk minerals and non-hazardous chemicals each year for local producers. The Dawson’s Wharf offers 500 meters of river frontage with rail connections and can accommodate vessels to 5000 DWT.

The Port of Teesport’s Cochrane’s Wharf has a 5-hectare site operated by Tarmac Aggregate for the import of dredged marine materials. W.G. Readman Ltd plans to develop the facility.

The Redcar Ore Terminal at the Port of Teesport is a deep-sea bulk terminal that handles more than eight million tons of imports a year. The Cleveland Potash bulk terminal distributes about 500 thousand tons of potash and products minded at Boulby. Third-party operators export about 250 thousand tons of bulk minerals and grain at the terminal.

Vopak Teesside serves Teesside’s major chemical producers with bulk liquid and gas storage facilities at the Port of Teesport. The tank storage facilities are fully integrated with the nearby Billingham and Wilton petrochemical complexes.

Operated by PD Ports, the Teesport Container Terminals handle much of the port’s container traffic. Container Terminal 1 (TCT1) has direct access to the North Sea and 24-hour a day unrestricted marine access. The second container terminal (TCT2) opened in 2003 with the ability to accommodate vessels with capacity for almost 2500 TEUs of containerized cargo. PD Ports expects increasing export traffic from the industrial hinterland of Tees Valley. TCT1 has quay frontage of 294 meters with alongside depth of 8.5 meters and can accommodate vessels to 15 thousand DWT. TCT1 offers about 85 thousand square meters of covered and six hectares of open storage. TCT2 has quay frontage of 360 meters with alongside depth of 10.5 meters. Accommodating vessels carrying up to 3500 TEUs, TCT2 offers 11 hectares of inside storage.

The Port of Teesport’s roll-on/roll-off traffic has increased significantly with heavy investments from PD Ports and service operators. Operating for 15 years at Tees Dock, P&O Ferries has eight Rotterdam sailings per week and six Zeebrugge sailings per week serving shippers between mainland Europe, North England, and Scotland. P&O also carries much short-sea container, trade car, and trailer traffic.

A new facility at Riverside RoRo has allowed the import of over 100 thousand trade cars for Renault at the Port of Teesport’s 23-hectare storage facility. General Motors leases five hectares to store imported vehicles from Zeebrugge. Tees Dock offers over 40 hectares of land for development for importers and manufacturing companies wanting to reach northern markets in the United Kingdom through the Port of Teesport.

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