Port of Sunderland is set to attend a leading international trade fair for the renewable energy sector later this month.
WindEnergy Hamburg, which is taking place from 25 to 28 September this year, is one of the world’s largest wind industry exhibitions.
The municipally-owned port has signed up to join the UK pavilion at the exhibition as it looks to build on its recent expansion into the offshore renewables sector.
The port has secured a series of contracts with companies in the offshore renewables market over the years following a period of rapid growth.
This includes a huge concrete resurfacing project covering almost three acres at its Endurance Park, formerly known as the Fina Yard. In addition half an acre of concrete resurfacing has been added adjacent to Greenwells Quay. This investment will provide the port with further opportunities to grow and will help it become ideally placed to work with companies in the sector.
Matthew Hunt, port director at Port of Sunderland, said: “We are delighted to be joining the UK pavilion at WindEnergy Hamburg as it will really help us showcase our assets to potential clients.
“As a port, our location is in close proximity to the sea and boasts extensive storage and cargo handling equipment. We’ve also completed the refurbishment of the port’s direct rail lines that run across Endurance Park to provide two concreted lines with run rounds at both ends.
“This investment also means Greenwells Quay is now a perfect berth for project cargoes and the offshore market allowing our heavy lift crane to traverse the full length of the quay.
“Our aim is to make Sunderland a perfect location for companies to base their operations, allowing them to tap into the ports skills and facilities and the city’s excellent transport links and ongoing developments.”
Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, added: “We’ve invested heavily in expanding and improving the handling facilities here at the port over recent years and we’re really starting to see this investment bear fruit.
“The port has become a real hotspot for businesses in the offshore sector over the past year and we’re hoping our attendance at WindEnergy Hamburg will help us build on this further.”