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Port of Tyne, in South Tyneside, says gantry crane will increase work
A NORTH-EAST port, which hopes to create about 300 new jobs, has installed a £6m gantry crane to increase production.
The Port of Tyne, in South Shields, South Tyneside, yesterday fitted the 70-metre, 750-tonne crane into position, which bosses say can handle 13 containers across a vessel's deck and will allow the port to handle 98 per cent of the global fleet of short sea containers ships.
The crane, installed at the port's Riverside Quay, stands 20 metres higher than the Angel of the North, and is due to start work later this month.
It comes after the port, which is the UK's largest car exporter, and oversees deliveries for Nissan, VW, Tetley, Barbour and Ringtons, earlier this year revealed £180m plans to build warehouses storing thousands of tonnes of wood pellets for the renewable energy market.
The move could create 300 full-time jobs and support 900 construction posts.
Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne chief executive, said: “This major investment will enable the port to expand its container operations and further benefit existing customers with increased resilience.
“Since the container terminal first opened more than 20 years ago, it has has attracted some of the UK’s leading businesses and our second gantry crane will continue to grow operations.”
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