Port of Blyth sets sail on investment

A Northumberland port has announced a new £12million banking facility with Lloyds Bank that will enable the next phase in its rapid expansion.

Wednesday, 17th January 2018, 1:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th January 2018, 1:05 pm
From left, Oran Robson (finance director at Port of Blyth), Michael Hindhaugh (relationship director at Lloyds Bank), Geoff Hodgson (chairman of the board of commissioners at Port of Blyth), Martin Lawlor (chief executive at Port of Blyth).

Port of Blyth is set to make major investments in its terminal infrastructure and the construction of new warehousing, as well as strengthening quays and installing new cranes.

It is among the UK’s fastest-growing trust ports, driven largely by the continued development of offshore energy related activities.

This expansion has necessitated a record level of investment via the consolidation of a long-term relationship with Lloyds Bank – with spending set to support key developments in the offshore energy, dry and liquid bulks sectors.

Oran Robson, finance director at Port of Blyth, said: “The potential across numerous sectors is huge, but to make the most of those opportunities and ensure we continue to diversify our offering to protect our long-term security, it’s crucial we invest now.

“This series of developments will facilitate a large number of new jobs on Port of Blyth land as we aim to double the number of those employed on site from 500 to over 1,000 in five to ten years.

“These ventures will also act as a catalyst for growth in the local economy and will no doubt stimulate inward investment into the town.

“We anticipate that major projects such as the joining of our Bates and Wimbourne Quay terminals will attract significant interest from the industry and will enable us to exceed 50 per cent turnover growth targets during the investment period.”

Progress at the port in recent years has seen major projects being established in the area, such as the North Sea Link interconnector with Norway, and the arrival of major clients including Royal IHC, Global Marine Group and DeepOcean – with a powerful cluster of offshore energy companies and a well-developed supply chain making the Port an increasing attractive proposition.

Michael Hindhaugh, relationship director, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “This investment represents a great step forward for the Port of Blyth.

“The new facilities will create jobs and investment straight away and it will help to future proof the port, making it a driver of prosperity for many more years to come.

“Lloyds Bank is committed to supporting investment that helps Britain prosper and we have dedicated teams on hand to offer bespoke funding solutions and expertise.”