THE Port of Tyne is in the running to scoop the most prestigious accolade in the industry.
For an unprecedented second year in a row, the port, based in Tyne Dock, South Shields, is the only UK nomination to be named Global Port Operator in the Lloyds List Global Awards.
The competition is tough as the judges look for global excellence, so making the shortlist is seen as a huge success for the South Tyneside company.
An investment of more than £120m in the past 10 years has helped the port continue to grow its five commercial business areas: conventional and bulk cargoes, car terminals, cruise and ferries, logistics and estates.
The business contributes about £500m to the North East economy.
It employs more than 450 staff and has its headquarters at Maritime House, Tyne Dock.
The Port of Tyne faces competition from companies around the world to win the award, including ATM Terminals in the Netherlands, Krishnapatnam Port Company in India and Portonave in Brazil.
Andrew Moffat, the port’s chief executive officer, said: “Once again to be shortlisted for the industry’s most sought-after award signifies the success the port has made in recent years.
“This is an incredible achievement.
“It’s one that our employees can be proud to be part of.
“It’s their contribution through innovations and driving service quality forward that has led to the record-breaking growth of the business for three successive years.
“We’re delighted to have been shortlisted and to be in the same frame as some of the world’s biggest operators for a second year.”
The Port of Tyne has achieved three years of record growth, and Department for Transport figures have revealed it is the UK’s fastest-growing deep-sea port.
Richard Meade, Lloyd’s List editor, said: “For our panel of judges, who had the difficult task of selecting a shortlist, these finalists represent the best.
“The judges were impressed by the Port of Tyne’s recent successes and felt it was an ideal contender for this award.”
The port hopes to bring the award back to South Tyneside on Tuesday, when the winner will be finally announced.