Konecranes to convert four PD Ports’ RTGs to electric

PD Ports, owner and operator of Teesport, which is the fifth largest port in the UK, has contracted Konecranes to convert the primary power supply of four diesel-driven Rubber Tired Gantry Cranes (RTGs) to electric.

PD Ports expects to boost operational efficiency and reduce carbon emissions with this order, which was booked in August 2021.

The £1.2 million (US$1.6 million) conversion project will mean that 70% of PD Ports’ RTG fleet runs on electric and forms the latest step in decarbonisation...


PD Ports launches Port Community System for Teesport

PD Ports, the Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees, has launched a Port Community System (PCS) in collaboration with the Port of Rotterdam to boost the international competitiveness of Teesport and the River Tees in northern England.

After announcing its intentions to deliver on the digitalised solution earlier this year, the United Kingdom (UK) port group, PD Ports has worked alongside partners at the Port of Rotterdam to implement the PCS in order to support future trade growth on...


PD Ports invests in drones to boost resilience across Teesport

PD Ports, owner and operator of Teesport and Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees, is has announced a new partnership with heliguy, a company in the commercial drone industry, to further boost efficiencies and resilience across Teesport.

The investment includes the procurement of five drones that are designed to optimise operations and reduce risks, as well as tailored, remote-pilot training for 17 people across the port group.

The equipment will be utilised across a variety of...


PD Ports unveils digital platform to boost River Tees trade

PD Ports, Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees and owner and operator of Teesport, has launched a new digital platform to promote the river trade and support the Government in taking measures to enhance the region.

The new platform, which will be a vital tool for river users, potential investors and stakeholders to access a wealth of information about the river’s world-class operations, has been in development since late 2020 as part of the Statutory Harbour Authority’s continued...


Bidding process to develop British freeports opens, but clashes with Brexit

UK port owners and operators have welcomed the government’s decision to open the competitive bidding process for the development of up to 10 freeports.
However, with the deadline for submission of bids just 12 weeks away, there was also criticism that the government is trying to rush through the process – particularly given that it will coincide with the UK’s formal departure from the EU and the possible supply chain disruption …

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Dover by-pass service links Spain to UK

Shortsea operator W.E.C. Lines is to start a new bi-weekly service linking the northern Spanish port of Bilbao with Teesport in the northeast of England, by-passing Dover, in a move that comes immediately before European Union (EU) customs regulations end, on 31 December 2020.

It is expected that the new service will cut delivery times, as well as take lorries off the road and will not be subject to the congestion found at Dover and Folkstone, in the United Kingdom’s (UK) southeastern corner...


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