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Back to basics pays off in Sunderland

[ September 12, 2016   //   ]

The Port of Sunderland says it is expecting a record year in 2016 after re-focusing on traditional shipping activities following a downturn in offshore activities. Last year, it handled almost 750,000 tons of cargo, but expects that 2016 to surpass this.
It has recently purchased handling equipment and reconnected the rail link.
Initially Sunderland’s focus was on capturing business in the renewable energy sector. However, without the expected government policy backing for the sector, there has been a slow down in the project pipeline in that industry that has seen the port focus its attention back on traditional maritime activities, including bulk cargo handling and project cargoes.