As the Statutory Harbour Authority for the Port of Tees and Hartlepool, known collectively as Teesport, PD Ports is responsible for a 12 mile stretch of the River Tees, which includes a section three miles out into the North Sea, overseeing all vessel traffic management, ensuring safe navigation and maintaining channel depths for the thousands of vessels that visit Teesport each year.
The breadth and variety of port operations across this area is diverse – from Ekofisk’s petrochemical and liquid bulk storage operations at Seal Sands, to the deep water jetties of Redcar Bulk Terminal, and a range of cargo handling, ship repairs, offshore support and renewable energy operations elsewhere.
Led by our Harbour Master, Paul Brooks, our modern harbour office oversees the arrival and departure of around 4,100 vessels each year. From here, vessel traffic services are responsible for ensuring safe and efficient navigation, and PD Ports is also the Competent Harbour Authority for the purposes of pilotage within its jurisdiction.
PD Ports also operates a dedicated conservancy team that ensures continued water depths with hydrographic surveying and a dedicated fleet of dredgers. The team look after the maintenance of all navigational aids, along with specialist marine engineers whilst also upholding a commitment to keep environmental impact to a minimum. An in-house oil response unit is also on hand to ensure any potential issues are dealt with effectively and efficiently.
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 Teesport website, please click here.