Teesport has invested a £1.3m pilot vessel to its fleet, in order to support future trade growth on the River Tees.
The vessel, named Stainsby, was christened by Mia Macdonald, who has recently finished her apprenticeship with Teesport’s owner PD Ports, in a socially distanced ceremony on 28 October.
Stainsby will replace the Coatham pilot vessel, which will now find a new home at the Port of Tyne after 800,000 miles of service in the River Tees over a 20-year period.
Frans Calje, PD Ports’ CEO, said: “As the legal guardians for the River Tees our primary job is ensuring safe navigation for vessels. It is our duty to ensure the river is managed safely and effectively when fulfilling its potential to support future trade growth across the Tees Valley and the UK as a whole.
“Together with fellow businesses along the river, Teesport already contributes in excess of £1.4 billion to the economy each year.”
He added: “This investment will enable Teesport to continue servicing the river and the region as we secure the Tees Valley in pole position for international trade growth opportunities.””