As PD Ports marks the first anniversary of the Teesport Bulks Terminal, it has recorded a 60 per cent increase in volumes of bulk cargo handled via the new facility - adding up to more than two million tonnes.

The multimillion pound bulks handling facility, which created 44 new permanent jobs, signified the revival of bulk cargo handling on Teesside following the collapse of the steelworks in 2015.

CEO Frans Calje said: “It’s been fantastic to see the successful transformation of Teesport’s bulks handling infrastructure through this new facility, which is underpinned by our growing customer base.

“To see a 60 per cent growth in bulk handling volumes during 12 exceptionally challenging months and during which time we have also secured three long-term deals at the facility, is testament to our continued investment and ongoing commitment to delivering on the levelling up agenda for the North."

After securing a third long-term deal to secure the remaining bay inside the 300,000sq.ft. Teesport Bulks Terminal in May, PD Ports is now accelerating its plans to extend the facility further, signifying its ambitions to seize new trade opportunities and secure further long-term private investment to elevate the River Tees to become the UK’s most successful port region by 2050.

Maritime Minister Robert Courts said: “It’s fantastic to see PD Ports celebrating a 60 per cent increase in cargo volumes in spite of the challenges the sector has faced over the past year. The Teesport terminal is a vital hub that brings jobs to the local area and helps us in our aims to build back better from the pandemic.”