Tuesday 2nd June marked the arrival of the Adelheid-S, the largest containership to visit Teesport.
The Adelheid-S, operated by global shipping company MSC, totals a length of 222.5m, 32.2m wide and can handle 3,400 twenty-foot containers.
The ship was a sight-to-behold as it approached the port on Tuesday evening, arriving after an 18-hour sailing from Antwerp, Belgium. The Port’s three dock-side cranes unloaded 852 containers before the Adelheid-S departed on Wednesday morning for its return sailing to Antwerp.
With discharged cargo heading nationwide to well-known retailers, the arrival of the Adelheid-S highlights the critical role that Teesport plays in the local and national economies, supporting vital supply chains at an extremely challenging time.
Frans Calje, PD Ports’ CEO, said: “The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of the global supply chain to our region’s economy. As one of the UK’s major pieces of infrastructure, Teesport has continued to operate throughout this global crisis, keeping the country supplied with imports of food, fuel, pharmaceuticals and other goods essential to everyday life.
“We continue to invest heavily in our facilities at Teesport to support the rise in demand for trade passing through the North of the UK. Teesport has attracted over £1bn of investment in the last 10 years both direct and through inward investment. Together, this has created over 2,500 new jobs, underpinning the global competitiveness of the Tees Valley region, whilst supporting the UK government’s aspiration to level-up the North.”
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