PD Ports expands commercial team; investment in container terminal capacity

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PD Ports expands commercial team; investment in container terminal capacity

May 23, 2016 - 15:26
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PD Ports has made two key appointments in Michael Parker and Alfred van Wyk to help take forward growth plans at Teesport.

Parker has been appointed as Business Development Manager to help develop supply chain solutions which add value for customers importing and exporting dry bulk cargo. Van Wyk was formerly employed by DB Schenker where he worked for over five years as UK Intermodal Sales Manager, he will be responsible for driving new business in support of Teesport’s logistics growth strategy.

PD Ports has already significantly increased the volume of containers it can handle at Teesport with the installation of new multi-million pound cranes, offering global shipping lines direct access to UK Northern markets. As part of its continued growth, £ 3.2 million has been invested in three 24.6 m tall rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) which each weigh 141 tonnes and can lift containers weighing up to 40 tonnes and stack them five-high.

To further increase capacity an order worth more than £ 6 million has also been placed with Liebherr for a ship to shore crane at Teesport to complement the two already in operation. It will improve capacity as well as customer service by enabling a quicker turnaround of vessels and has up to 99.6% availability during actual vessel operation, thereby ensuring reliability and productivity.

Teesport has seen a steady growth in container volumes of 13% year on year since 2007 with 466,000 TEU handled in 2015.