The Geos Group is now able to bunker vessels while they simultaneously carry out heavy-lift operations at the Port of Blyth. This newly enhanced refuelling service has been made possible by the redevelopment of the Bates Terminal, which was supported by funding from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and the North of Tyne Combined Authority.
The £10 million investment programme has created an enlarged 17-hectare terminal with two upgraded heavy-load quays, a heavy-lift electric crane, two berths, new roads and hardstanding, warehouse upgrades and some prime quayside development land. The upgraded quays are suitable for vessels of up to 160 metres in length. The port is now extending the marine fuel pipeline down towards Wimbourne Quay, and this work will enable the Geos Group to offer a second bunker point from 2023.
Geos Group Managing Director Barry Newton said: “We welcome the redevelopment of the Bates Terminal, as it opens up a range of new opportunities for our business. We have already seen an increase in demand from vessels that need to refuel at the same time as loading or unloading. It makes good operational sense and saves our customers time and money in the process.”
In October, the Secretary of State for Transport, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, attended a launch event at the port to open what is now officially named The Bates Clean Energy Terminal. The redevelopment project strengthens the port’s position as the UK’s leading offshore energy supply base, with a long-term strategy of supporting the country’s transformation into a low-carbon economy.