A REFURBISHMENT project costing £3.36 million is now complete at PD Ports on Teesside.

The work on upgrading PD Ports' Number 1 linkspan - a drawbridge used for moving vehicles on and off vessels - will support increasing volumes of global 'roll on, roll off' (Ro-Ro) traffic and further strengthen the Port’s position as the UK’s northern gateway for international trade.

The renovation work, which began last spring, means that a wider range of vessels can now access the berth.

And it also ensures that the berth complies with current legislation and modern standards whilst also increasing its lifespan.

This means that the Port can continue to handle larger vessels in line with a continued increase in demand for services at Teesport.

PD Ports’ CEO, Frans Calje, said: “Roll-on/roll-off is an important component of our port activity here at Teesport and is integral to our preparations to support future trade movements in a post-Brexit era whilst continuing to drive economic growth for the Tees Valley.

The multi-million pound investment builds on the £1 billion of direct and third party investments that the port operator has attracted to the Tees Valley over the past decade.