JARROW MP Stephen Hepburn has paid a fact-finding visit to one of South Tyneside’s great business success stories.
These are boom times at South Shields-based Port of Tyne.
Continued record growth underlines its status as the UK’s fastest-growing major deep sea port, which adds £500m to the regional economy, while supporting 10,500 jobs.
The Port also incorporates an equally successful car terminal at Jarrow Slake - housed in Mr Hepburn’s constituency.
The MP recently met with Susan Wear, the Port’s director of Corporate Affairs, and saw at first hand the vehicles in Jarrow which are transported across the globe.
The Port’s car business has been growing at a rapid rate, with the volume of cars transported increasing from 300,000 to 600,000 in the last five years.
Mr Hepburn said: “It was a pleasure to meet with Susan at the Port. It was a very interesting presentation, and I am highly impressed with their plans for the future.
“It is of vital importance to our local area that we have such a world class facility and employer on our doorstep.”
The Port also operates a car terminal on the north side of the river Tyne and the Hoegh Northern Terminal on the south side.