Pulp fact: Port of Sunderland prepares to mark millionth tonne of pulp cargo

Port of Sunderland director Matthew Hunt.
Port of Sunderland director Matthew Hunt.
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Port of Sunderland bosses have a million reasons to celebrate.

Bosses laid out plans for growth at a special event to celebrate the millionth tonne of pulp to pass through its quays.

We have been able to turn the port around over the last five years, and thanks to our owner Sunderland City Council’s recognition of the economic benefits that a commercially vibrant Port brings both to the local and regional economy, we have seen significant investment that has started to unlock our vast potential.

Matthew Hunt

The event, attended by new and existing customers, stakeholders and business contacts, saw the port celebrate its ongoing work for pulp business Sodra.

Director Matthew Hunt said the reception provided a good opportunity to reflect on the five years since the launch of the port’s blueprint for growth, as well as share plans for the coming years.

He said: “We have been able to turn the port around over the last five years, and thanks to owner Sunderland City Council’s recognition of the economic benefits that a commercially vibrant port brings both to the local and regional economy, we have seen significant investment that has started to unlock our vast potential

“This is just the start of what we – collectively – have planned for the port.

“We understand the market conditions and we have robust plans that will ensure that we can remain not only viable, but competitive.

“Looking ahead now, we have lots of plans for the growth of the port and we are keen to make sure that those we value most – our customers, partners and key stakeholders – can have absolute confidence that we are doing more and more to meet their needs.”

Key developments over the last 12 months include a project worth almost £1million to resurface two of the major quays to increase cargo capacity, and the installation of rail lines to reconnect the port to the national network.