As a key piece of national infrastructure and one of the largest private employers in the Tees Valley, PD Ports plays a critical role facilitating the nation’s trade. Our main operation at Teesport is the fifth largest port in the UK and only major port in England to handle more exports than imports. It supports 22,000 jobs and contributes £1.4 billion to the UK economy each year.
Handling 28 million tonnes per year, the port supports the movement of international imports and exports throughout the North of the UK; affirming its position as a key driver in the nations supply chain operations.
Historically a port reliant on traditional cargo, as the industrial landscape has evolved so too has Teesport’s capabilities and specialisms. Situated less than a mile from the mouth of the Tees, the port provides a natural marine opening with lock-free access to the North Sea. This is complemented by excellent connectivity by road, sea and air, with an onsite intermodal rail terminal enabling direct access to the national rail network.
With one of the deepest general purpose cargo quays in the UK, the port is capable of handling a variety of dry bulk and project cargoes, including metals, steel, agribulk and forest products. In 2020, £9.2 million was invested to refurbish the former Steel Export Terminal at Teesport, delivering a modernised, 300,000 sq. ft. warehousing facility primed to store a range of bulk products. Excellent container and Ro-Ro facilities are also on offer, operated by specialist teams who have safety and customer requirements at the forefront.
The container platform at Teesport has seen £120m invested over the past decade years, bringing improvements in infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment to expand capacity. With the support of this investment, Teesport has seen a 12% growth in year on year container volume over the last eight years. The introduction of our innovative gate automation process has allowed us to streamline our handling process, and since its implementation has seen increased visibility and efficiency across our container, Ro-Ro and rail platform.
With circa 26 vessel calls a week, Teesport is the UK’s northern gateway for global shippers; serving worldwide markets including Scandinavia, the Baltics, the Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, France and Poland. Frequent, direct connections are complemented by monthly arrivals from Japan, expanding Teesport’s reach beyond the major hub ports of Europe and providing shippers with maximum choice.
For freight moving in and out of the North, rail is an important transportation method. Increased traffic and greater demand for fully integrated multi-modal transport infrastructure has seen major investment in quayside rail facilities, with Teesport establishing its own intermodal rail terminal in 2014. As the only UK port to work in direct partnership with all four major UK rail freight operators, PD Ports now offers in excess of 20 services a week and more daily services to Scotland than any other port in the north of England. Due to the popularity of rail freight, it’s anticipated Teesport’s rail services will see 50% growth in the next 10 years.
Lying close to Hartlepool and the Tees Valley’s other industries, Teesport is part of the region’s energy hub, bringing together a business cluster that unlocks powerful collaborative potential between energy providers, world-class manufacturers and industry-leading suppliers.
With a proven reputation of delivering new, private investment, attracting over £1 billion’s worth of projects to Teesside in the last decade as part of an ambitious vision to make the River Tees the UK’s most successful port region by 2050, PD Ports is also the Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees, responsible for safe use and maintenance of the river and wholly committed to ensuring that the river plays its full part in supporting the future growth of our region and the UK as a whole.
As part of this responsibility, in 2021, PD Ports launched a dedicated website to promote the River Tees and boost its international competitiveness.
To access the website, please click here.