Tanker is first at fuel terminal

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The first tanker has arrived at a newly opened marine fuel terminal in south east Northumberland.

The Shannon Fisher had the honour of bringing in the first cargo of just under 1,500 tonnes of marine gas oil, which was transferred to the 15 million litre capacity tank farm recently completed at the Port’s Bates Terminal.

The facility, operated by the Geos Group, is expected to prove particularly attractive to vessels operating in the North Sea offshore energy sector, but is also available for servicing a wide range of other traffic.

The Geos Group’s managing director, Barry Newton, said: “We are delighted to have completed the build and now receive the first vessel at our new fuel terminal.

“The facility is a strategically important new asset and will enhance our bunkering services to existing and new customers alike.”

Port of Blyth chief executive, Martin Lawlor, added: “This is another important step forward in the Port’s growth plans and re-affirms our position as a growing offshore energy hub.

“I am confident that the terminal and partnership with the Geos Group will go from strength to strength with future expansion of the facility a shared objective.”

The £6m development for the Blyth Estuary represents the first on the area’s Enterprise Zone and has been supported by Arch – The Northumberland Development Company, which has provided assistance through its Northumberland Business Growth Programme.