This latest project involved 35 Tees Bay pilots visiting South Tyneside College and running simulation exercises, which demonstrated what the new NGCT could look like in order to assess piloting parameters.
A simulation of what the NGCT could look like when operational
When built, the NGCT will be capable of unloading vessels of between 6,000 and 9,000 TEU (20-foot equivalent sized container) and the ability to offer cost-effective rail transport from the port to key regional distribution centres across Scotland and the north of England will be vital to the project's success.
The NGCT is good for the north and good for the UK as a whole.
While Tesco will no doubt want the NGCT to come on stream sooner rather than later Mr Robinson is confident it will eventually go ahead, and when it does it will create a further 4,000 North East jobs.
And as that happens it is confident work on the NGCT will proceed and it will open on schedule for the new target date of 2013.
will open up six times more capacity on the Tees allowing larger vessels to dock, rather than offload to smaller ships in European ports as now.
If we are to achieve the full potential of the NGCT
and the Tees Valley businesses then we need to see much greater use of rail rather than road transport for onward inland movements.
The UK Government gave approval for the NGCT
plans in April of this year.
He said he was confident NGCT
would be approved, but any delays would hamper the import centre's development.
Within weeks of the NGCT
getting the green light, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council approved plans to create a 1.
Teesport's location and deep water capability means it is a vital trading link with mainland European and global markets and it is envisaged that the NGCT
will open up additional opportunities for trade with the Far East and elsewhere.