November 5, 2020 @ 15:28 by Richard Dawson
The Port of Tyne has unveiled a £1 million investment in its cargo-handling operations.
A major employer in the region, the port’s investment will see new wood pellet-handling equipment installed and a range of measures put in place to help combat dust emissions.
The move puts Port of Tyne at the forefront of technology in the sector and underlines its position as a key player in the growth of offshore renewable energy industries in the North East.
In May, the port announced a partnership to become the base for the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank.
Matt Beeton, chief executive at the Port of Tyne, said: “These measures ensure that we are doing everything we possibly can to decrease dust emissions to the lowest level possible.
“We have, over recent months, been carrying out a range of proactive investigations and have engaged the services of the best external, independent, professional advice to support our improvements.
“We were aware the situation needed improvement and this investment in the very latest innovation and state-of-the-art equipment underlines our determination not just to meet standards, but to go over and above them, with best practice in every area of the business.
“We are working closely with our stakeholders and thank them for their support.
“Noticeable improvements have already begun, and more will follow.”
The investment comes despite a difficult year coping with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Matt continued: “It’s been a tough time, but we must keep looking forward, driving forward and being the best we can. This investment is about doing just that.”