This latest achievement surpasses 2009’s container handling milestone at Teesport, where over 100,000 containers were handled in a calendar year. As a result Teesport has reported a year on year growth in excess of 45% at the port’s container terminals.
Frans Calje, PD Ports MD Unitised is confident these results will continue to climb in 2011 as Teesport continues with its container handling expansion plans. “Work will soon commence on the first phase of expansion plans which will potentially involve some £29m (US$454m) of total investment,” added Calje.
This is the first phase of expanding Teesport’s container terminal capacity to 450,000 teu from its current capacity of 235,000 teu. Subsequent phases will be investigated subject to volume growth and market stability. The port’s overall strategy is to expand port wide capacity, including ro-ro traffic to at least 650,000 teu, which will position Teesport as a major player in the container market.