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PD Ports boss becomes Tees trust patron

[ June 18, 2021   //   ]

PD Ports chief executive, Frans Calje, has been appointed Patron of the Tees Rivers Trust. Owner and operator of Teesport, the fifth largest port in the UK, PD Ports has joined forces with the charity to improve and conserve the water quality and habitat of the River Tees.

PD Ports is firmly committed to playing its full role in supporting the communities and environment that surround the river; a priority which the company sees as vitally important to the long-term success of the Tees region.

Frans Calje said: “It is a great privilege to be appointed as Patron for the Tees Rivers Trust and I very much look forward to working together on a number of exciting projects. 

“At PD Ports, showing consideration and empathy for people and our surroundings is central to our culture. It is absolutely essential that as we focus on delivering economic prosperity, we must also deliver a better place to live, conserving and improving the ecosystem that surrounds us and increasing biodiversity, to create a vibrant environment for future generations.

“Along the River Tees, we see some incredible natural habitats and wildlife, including salmon, porpoises and seals that thrive as a result of well-maintained waters; we must do all that we can to sustain a harmonious environment between industry and nature.”

The Tees Rivers Trust was established in 2008 and is committed solely to the management and improvement of the whole of the Tees Catchment.

Ben Lamb, a trustee of the Tees Rivers Trust, said: “We are at a challenging yet exciting and pivotal point in our approach to how we manage and balance our needs with the natural environment. This collaboration with PD Ports will help the Trust to develop its work, especially in the Tees Estuary.”

Left to right: Tees Rivers Trust trustee, Mark Hannaford; PD Ports chief executive, Frans Calje; and Tees Rivers Trust trustee manager, Ben Lamb