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Exciting port's plans progress.

In April PD Ports' quest to build a pounds 300m deep sea container terminal on Teesside took a huge step forward with the submission of a planning application to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.

PD Ports, the UK's second largest port in terms of annual tonnage handled, is one the region's largest and most important businesses and a key driver for future economic growth and development. The submission of the planning application into Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, demonstrates PD Ports' commitment to securing long term investment in the North-East and the future success of the region's economy.

The planning submission comes after months of preparation work on a detailed environmental impact assessment, undertaken by consultant engineers Royal Haskoning and also follows on from an extensive public consultation process this spring. Detailed documents and drawings included a 500+ page Environmental Statement together with more than 100 pages of other planning correspondence.

The arrival of the planning application will have come as no surprise to the council's planning team, thanks to PD Ports' frequent communication and dialogue with all parties about its intention to submit these plans during April.

The planning application submitted relates to the land based element of the terminal. This covers a total of 54 hectares together with plans for the operational areas, including the container handling terminal, cranes, lorry parking, associated offices and entry/exit gatehouses.

The process of submitting the full planning application for the terminal also included the submission of a Harbour Revision Order on Friday, April 28 made on behalf of PD Ports by Rees & Freres, Parliamentary Agents to the London based Department for Transport.

This second part of the application process covered all the marine works for the project. This included the creation of the new berths, and the dredging of the river channel to accommodate the increased ship sizes and container vessel traffic flow that will be coming directly into Teesport mainly from Far East destinations such as China.

This second set of PD Ports' planning documentation was followed by a third part of the plan ( a Transport and Works Act order, relating to the site and transport infrastructure at Teesport. These plans were submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport on Friday, May 26.

David Robinson, group chief executive officer for PD Ports, said; "We are delighted that we have now reached the point of presenting a formal application and we look forward to working closely with the local councils and government department to make this project a success.

"The deep sea container terminal will bring significant new inward investment to the North and will bring over 5,500 potential new jobs to an area, which desperately needs this economic and social stimulus."

Investment in infrastructure comes at a time when PD Ports' investment in people has also been highly commended. During 2005, PD Ports, Teesport invested heavily in its employees and in a quest to invest further in the skills of its workers, launched a massive health and safety training scheme. The two-tier training scheme involved 440 Teesport employees, ranging from dock operators to senior management. The purpose of the scheme was to further enhance the existing health and safety skills of the workforce.

In April, PD Ports was recognised for the success of this massive training scheme and by doing so beat off the competition to win the Tees Valley Business Awards for Learning, Training and Skills Development.

Delightedly the Port went on to compete and win the North-East Business Award for Learning, Training and Skills, at Hardwick Hall in May.

"This is a fantastic achievement and recognises all the effort which went into the Safety Passport Training Scheme, which has touched every individual within the company. It also recognises the significant progress our training programmes have made within the company and that we are now seeing the results of our hard work," concluded Mr Robinson.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2006
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