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Port of Middlesbrough welcomes first international shipment of renewable energy cargo

A third-generation distribution firm has hailed an environmental first.

AV Dawson, owner and operator of Port of Middlesbrough, has welcomed its first international shipment of renewable energy pellets.

A vessel was loaded with 7000 tonnes of recyclable fuel pellets, which were processed by Waste Knot Energy at its port-based processing plant.

The pellets are used as an alternative to coal, and bosses say the move has strengthened not only AV Dawson’s portfolio but Teesside’s wider position as a green energy hub.

Charlie Nettle, AV Dawson group managing director, said: “This project is a big win.

“Having built a first-of-its-kind processing facility back in 2021, and a purpose-built storage warehouse especially for the project, it’s great to finally see the first international shipment being exported.

“This project is over two years in the making, so this is a very proud moment for us and Waste Knot Energy to see it come to fruition.”

“It’s fascinating to be involved in these new green fuel and waste-to-energy sectors as they develop, and it’s fantastic to now be chartering ships and loading them at our site.”

The plant marks a new chapter for the family firm as it expands into renewables and recyclables markets.

Its three-year, £10 million plan includes a renewable energy plant, a new head office and developments to the port’s quayside to accommodate larger vessels.

Charlie added: “We will continue investing in our site and our quayside to accommodate larger vessels carrying a wide range of cargo, especially dry bulk.

“While we continue to work with long-term customers in our traditional markets for dry bulk and break-bulk cargo, we also need to diversify into new markets.

“We’re focusing particularly on new dry bulk markets, as we have recently invested in further capacity in our rail terminals, so are able to offer customers a seamless port and rail logistics solution.”

Ian Jones, Waste Knot Energy chief executive, said: “This is a huge milestone for us as it represents the completion of commissioning, from the waste arriving at our plant to the product being shipped out.

“We’re ideally located for bulk shipments, and we can do anything from 3000 tonnes to 10,000 tonnes in a single shipment.”