Port of Sunderland cements development plansNews // August 1, 2013
A growing port in the northeast of the UK has cemented its development plans with an onsite expansion to create additional storage space.
Bosses at municipally owned Port of Sunderland gave the green light to lay extra hard standing across the newly named Endurance Park, formerly the Fina Yard, in a move that will extend its onsite offering to potential clients.
Matthew Hunt, port director believes the enhanced storage area, which has been reconfigured to allow direct access to Corporation Quay, the port’s main waterborne access point, is proof that customer satisfaction is at the forefront of the port’s development plan.
He said: “We’ve extended the usable ground-space to act as additional onsite storage for potential new customers, as we look to grow our reputation as an accommodating and efficient base in the North East. Additional space is a sought after feature for any burgeoning port and we’re delighted we have the onsite capability to extend our storage facilities.
“The extra space will also allow large structures and project cargos that were once not able to pass through to Corporation Quay, via the port’s road system, to pass more freely through the port. This in turn will reduce transit times of the movement of these cargos, making future project cargo operations a much more efficient process and ultimately making the port a more attractive destination for client projects.”
Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council and chair of the Port of Sunderland board said: “The reconfiguration work is part of a line-up of developments taking place at the Port of Sunderland, helping to position it as an appealing base for potential clients.
“The direct access to Corporation Quay gives us greater flexibility when working with customers to offer them space that genuinely fits with their need and this client-focussed approach to development at the port means that the Port of Sunderland is becoming a more attractive proposition for a range of shipping activities.”