PD Ports, one of the UK’s major port groups, was delighted to welcome the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to Teesport last month, the 5th largest port complex by tonnage and a piece of key national infrastructure, as the region continues to celebrate its successful freeport bid.
During the visit, PD Ports CEO, Frans Calje, thanked the Government for delivering an opportunity that could create up to 32,000 new jobs and add £2 billion to the region’s economy. As Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees, PD Ports has worked tirelessly to support the Tees Valley Mayor’s freeport bid, consulting with over 100 businesses and organisations to develop plans that will maximise the benefits that a freeport can bring.
The freeport development builds on PD Ports’ track record of attracting over £1 billion of new investment to Teesside in the last 10 years and forms part of a new vision to make the River Tees the UK’s most successful port region by 2050. Presenting the vision to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor, PD Ports’ Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman, Jerry Hopkinson, highlighted a number of other exciting developments that will see PD Ports help deliver a further £1 billion of investment within the next 5 years alone.