Teesport welcomes biggest ever containership

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The largest ever containership to visit Teesport has been welcomed during the Covid crisis with a delivery of 850 containers packed with goods destined for UK retailers.

The 222-metres long Adelheid-S, which can handle 3,400 20-foot containers, was a sight to behold as it approached the port on Tuesday evening, arriving after an 18-hour journey from Antwerp in Belgium.

Operated by global shipping company MSC, the ship carried 852 containers, which the port’s three dockside cranes unloaded before the Adelheid-S departed on Wednesday morning for its return sailing to Antwerp.

With discharged cargo heading nationwide to well-known retailers, the visit 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.”

He added: “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 more than £1bn of investment in the last 10 years, both directly and through inward investment. 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.