The Port of Tyne has picked up another accolade – for its Marine Pilotage Service.
The Journal’s North East Business of the Year is now one of only three pilotage authorities in the UK to have attained the International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organisations (ISPO), and the twelfth organisation worldwide to be accredited.
The Port of Tyne’s ten pilots are responsible for managing the pilotage of around 5,000 vessel movements each year and the port said they have been critical to the recent success of its business performance, adapting to accommodate a 40% increase in the number of large cargo vessels now using the Tyne.
Mike Nicholson, Port of Tyne’s harbour master, said: “The port’s pilots demonstrate the highest level of ship handling skills, providing critical knowledge of navigation within the Port of Tyne and the ISPO standard signifies the ultimate standards concerning safety, andquality essential to the shipping industry.
“Prior to the development of ISPO there was no mechanism for pilots in any particular district or port to show that they were operating to an internationally agreed standard, transparent to all customers – ship masters, ship owners or port operators.
“Now the Port of Tyne is one of the world leaders in this field.”
Investment of over £120m in the past 10 years has created the infrastructure to deliver continued growth of the port’s diverse businesses, which contribute £500m Gross Value Added to the economy of the North East.