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Beast from the East is no match for the North-east – or the Humber

[ March 2, 2018   //   ]

The Beast from the East hasn’t stopped the Port of Tyne which has remained open with container operations, rail services, car handling, marine and passenger operations continuing to run.

The port has three gritting vehicles working 24 hours spreading 16 tonnes of salt a day to keep the  620 acre estate clear of snow and ice.

Head of operations, Graeme Hardie, said: “Our main concern is to minimise the impact of the weather to our normal operations while continuing to make health and safety our top priority.

“The Port was well prepared and overall we have continued with a huge effort from all of our teams.  We worked through the snow last night to discharge a container ship on time and the team at the International Passenger Terminal cleared snow and ice from walkways to ensure the safety of passengers on the DFDS Ferry, which has continued to operate to schedule.  Across our marine services, rail network and road transport we have managed to keep the impact for our customers to a minimum.”

ABP also praised the ‘Northern grit’ of its employees at Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole ports who ensured that operations continued in safety.
Regional director for ABP Humber, Simon Bird, said: “It is testament to the dedication and hard work of ABP staff that we have kept the Humber Ports open for business during these very challenging weather conditions.”
All yard operations, including the movement of cargoes from quayside to warehouse, remain steady and ongoing with a keen cadre of workers, getting stuck in with their daily operations.

The Beast from the East hits the Tyne.