Owned and operated by PD Ports, Teesport is a major deep sea complex and a national asset for trade. 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 and enabler of the Northern Powerhouse strategy.
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, culminating in the handling of over 500,000 TEU in 2017 and a larger overall volume increase than any other UK port. 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. Working 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.
As well as stevedoring and cargo handling, we are also the Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees; making us responsible for managing river traffic, ensuring safe navigation and maintaining required channel depth.