GOOD times lie ahead for the Port of Sunderland with the prospect of new industries making their home on Wearside.
Ambitious plans for the port to compete on the world stage are firmly in place as exciting new opportunities in offshore renewable energy begin to emerge.
These have included developing relationships with international businesses in the sector and utilising the huge space available on the seafront.
The port has also recently appointed a new sales manager, Mark Hassan, who will look to develop its reputation and use its significant natural advantages.
Mr Hassan said: “The Port of Sunderland has some incredible assets that I really do believe will allow it to compete on a regional and national stage.
“We have a strong reputation already for our project delivery, cargo handling, and estates services, but there is the potential for us to further build upon this and capitalise on the opportunities that the 260 acres of space and 3km of quay frontage we offer.
“The vast amount of space we have available and our ability to tailor our approach to meet the needs of each client we work with means that we are able to offer a highly responsive service that will add value to shipping, offshore and engineering firms of all kinds.”
The site is the second largest municipally-owned port in the UK and recently announced that it would generate a surplus of income by next year.
Port director Matthew Hunt said: “Over the years there has been a huge increase in the level of activity at the port and we do a lot more cargo and bulk cargo now.
“But offshore renewable energy is definitely one our main focuses and we are very excited about what the future could hold.
“The port has started to establish relationships with some of the world’s biggest companies in this sector and that’s exciting because it shows we can play our part in the supply chain.
“It’s a fledgling industry but Mark coming in will definitely help us achieve what we want to do.
“The port has a lot to offer, we have 280 acres of development area, the berths are less than 10 minutes from open sea and you can walk from the ships to the city centre in 20 minutes.”