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Containers given a new life on shore

Staff and pupils at Cambois Primary School with Tom Chaplin, from Port of Blyth, and their new container. Picture by Paul Everington
Staff and pupils at Cambois Primary School with Tom Chaplin, from Port of Blyth, and their new container. Picture by Paul Everington

Shipping containers are getting a new lease of life.

The Port of Blyth Containers for the Community project makes use of shipping containers no longer needed at sea.

Newsham and Cambois primary schools are the latest to receive containers .

Newsham is using its as the base for a cycling project to encourage healthy living, while Cambois is using its container to support a thriving garden area at the school.

Marianne Allen, head teacher at Cambois Primary School, said: “This project is a fantastic way for the port to support the community.

“The shipping containers provide a great solution to storage issues particularly for the provision of outdoor activities which is a key focus at our school.

“The children and our staff look forward to making the most of our container in the coming weeks and months.”  

Having worked with paint contractors F Southern and hauliers Lubbers Logistics Group, the containers have been given a fresh look with a spring clean and a coat of paint, and delivered to the recipients of the scheme.

Potts Print UK provided print support for the project. 

Tom Chaplin, PR and cmmunications manager of Port of Blyth, said: “We’re delighted that this latest phase of the Containers in the Community scheme will support worthy causes in the local area.

“As a Trust Port, offering support to the community living and working around is vital and we’re especially pleased that this scheme is helping young people in Blyth.”

Port of Blyth is the port operating division of Blyth Harbour Commission, an independent statutory trust established in 1882, and is one of the UK’s largest Trust Ports, handling up to two million tonnes of cargo per annum across five terminals based around the River Blyth.

Together with major logistics and training divisions, the Port group has a turnover of more than £23 million.

Success has been driven by growth across a variety of sectors but particularly offshore energy. Other trade handled includes containers, dry bulks (coal, aggregates, cement) and marine fuels.

As a Trust, all profits are re-invested back into the Port to improve facilities and to provide benefits for its wider stakeholders.