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Employees get their kicks with ‘team of 66’

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Some members of the PD Ports ‘Team of 66’

Employees from Middlesbrough based PD Ports will be putting on their running shoes and taking part in the Great North Run for Butterwick Hospice this year. 66 employees from across the business have signed up for the run which takes place on Sunday 16 September and are hoping to raise in the region of £20kfor the local hospice.

Mandy Shields, fundraiser at the hospice said “This is the biggest team we have ever had! PD Ports said that they would like to enter a team into the Great North Run, but we never expected such a fantastic response.”

The ‘66’ team members from PD Ports, which includes employees from as far as Felixstowe, are already in training, with some employees organising running sessions in their lunch hour.

Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports’ Managing Director Bulks, Ports and Logistics, said: “We are delighted to see so many of our employees taking part in the Great North Run.  I knew we had a number of keen runners across the business but not of this scale.  This is all about the passion and commitment we have in supporting Butterwick Hospice with the benefit of getting fit and having fun in the process.

“At PD Ports we take our social responsibility very seriously within the communities in which we operate and as one of the region’s leading businesses and largest employers, we are proud to support the excellent service Butterwick Hospice offers to its patients and their families, ” concluded Mr Hopkinson.

The hospice has a limited number of places available for the Great North Run. If you would like further information or would like to sign up, please contact Mandy Shields at the fundraising office on 01642 628930.  You can also visit www.butterwick.org.uk and complete your application form online.

About PD Ports

  • PD Ports Limited is owned by Canadian based Brookfield.  Brookfield is a global asset manager focused on property, renewable power and infrastructure assets, with over $100 billion of assets under management.  PD Ports was bought by Brookfield in November 2009.
  • PD Ports is a high performing specialist ports business offering a wide variety of supply chain services to improve customers’ international product and material movements into and out of – as well as within – the UK.
  • PD Ports employs over 1200 members of staff, and generates an annual turnover of over £115 million from many UK locations.
  • PD Ports operates throughout the UK from bases at many key ports and logistics centres.
  • The 3 business interests of PD Ports are:

Port Operations– is split into two business streams – bulks and unitised and includes:

  • Teesport: one of the top 4 UK ports, with flows of containers, bulk traffics and finished cars, handling almost 40 million tonnes of throughput p.a.
  • Humber & Small Ports: owners and/or operators of ports on the Humber estuary, Rivers Trent and Ouse, and at Medina Wharf, Isle of Wight. Service offerings include ships’ agency, chartering and stevedoring services.
  • Logistics: PD Logistics offers warehousing, recycling and distribution services at UK locations throughout the North East, Humberside & East Anglia, including at Felixstowe.

Development plans for port operations include:

  • Portcentric Logistics: a concept promoted by PD Ports for locating the storage and distribution of imported goods close to the point of arrival at a UK port. This concept avoids the slow handling and return of empty containers as well as eradicating unnecessary UK road mileage, which occurs when delivering to a traditional inland import centre, such as in the Midlands.

In 2006 ASDA WalMart opened a 360, 000 sq ft import centre at Teesport and has saved more than 8 million road miles by adopting the portcentric concept.  Adjacent to the ASDA facility, Tesco operates a purpose built 1.2 million sq ft import centre at Teesport, which opened in 2009. Tea and coffee specialists Taylors of Harrogate opened a purpose built warehouse facility at Teesport Commerce Park on the periphery of Teesport in 2010 to handle its UK imports.

Conservancy – this includes:

  • Management of river traffic for the ports of Tees and Hartlepool, ensuring safe navigation and maintaining the required channel depth.

Property– this includes:

  • Revenue and income from property and facilities owned by PD Ports and used by third party clients on long term leases.
  • Land that is not utilised for operational purposes and offers potential for development.
  • Port land at Hartlepool docks, which is highly attractive to the growing renewable energy sector, including offshore, windfarms, and biomass plants.  PD Ports’ long term strategy is to further develop Hartlepool docks as a centre of excellence for the offshore support sector

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