Teesport savours Southern Discomfort

01 Mar 2004

Teesport Container Terminal 2 (TCT2), the recently opened second container terminal at PD Teesport in Middlesbrough, is achieving significant improvements in operational effectiveness for the port and its customers. Over the past three months PD Teesport has accomplished improved productivity with over 50 lifts per hour.

The port is not encumbered by locks meaning Panamax size vessels can sail in and out at all levels of the tide. This rate of handling at the new terminal is now more than double the average number of lifts being achieved in 2003 at the previously congested Teesport Terminal 1. On 14th February TCT2 recorded 53.1 moves per hour, whilst overall the terminal averaged 33 lifts per hour for the past month - an increase of 57% on the February 2003 average of 21 lifts per hour.

Teesport also reports increased use of rail for container traffic with 1,332 moves reported for February - a 113% on February 2003.

PD Teesport md David Robinson said: "We have invested over £12m so far in TCT2 during 2003, and following the opening in October we - but more specifically our customers - are really reaping the rewards.

"In particular, this performance has been achieved on the large container ships, re-enforcing the capability of TCT2 to handle them. And we continue to show truck turnaround at consistently less than 30 minutes.

"This speed of movement through Teesport is in marked contrast to many of the recent horror stories of delays and congestion that have been coming back from disgruntled shippers who have traditionally used southern UK ports."

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