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Stainsby to pilot next phase of Tees growth

[ October 29, 2020   //   ]

Former PD Ports apprentice and newly qualified hydrographic surveyor Mia MacDonald christened Teesport’s new £1.35 million pilot vessel, Stainsby at a socially distanced ceremony on 28 October.

Named after one of the original four villages that later became Middlesbrough, the vessel will safely transport pilots to and from vessels as they enter the river and will replace the Coatham which will now find a new home at the Port of Tyne after racking up 800,000 miles servicing the River Tees over 20 years. Harbour master Paul Brooks said: “The pilot vessels, alongside our dedicated crew, are instrumental in keeping the Port operating 24/7, 365 days a year, no matter what challenging conditions we are faced with.”

Pictures: Doug Moody Photography