IAMP takes major step forward

PHASE one of a nationally significant development that will transform the North East economy has been given the green light. 

The International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP), which spans land in Sunderland and South Tyneside, will become a destination for not only Nissan’s supply chain, but scores of advanced manufacturing businesses.

Sunderland Tall Ships Races 2018

The majestic vessels will congregate in the River Wear and Port of Sunderland as they prepare to embark on a spectacular race covering over three hundred nautical miles to Esbjerg in Denmark, a cruise in company to Norway, calling at the coastal city of Stavanger, then undertaking the final leg of the 2018 Races to the beautiful city of Harlingen in the Netherlands.

Lecture series to celebrate Sunderland's shipbuilding heritage

As excitement builds with the arrival of the Tall Ships Races and the opening of the Northern Spire bridge this summer, a series of lectures will reflect on the historical significance of the River Wear and the ships that have sailed through.

The University of Sunderland is hosting its popular Community Lectures Series 2018, and this summer’s six free and entertaining talks will welcome authoritative guest speakers on a maritime theme.

Where to see the Tall Ships in Sunderland this summer

The plans for hosting The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 are moving ahead with great pace and the event zones and quaysides which will welcome ships and visitors alike have been identified.

Visiting ships will be berthed on both the north and south side of the River Wear near the National Glass Centre on Manor Quay, with some of the largest vessels moored on the opposite bank at Corporation Quay.

Hudson Dock within the port will also be open to the public allowing everyone to get up close and in many cases get on-board these majestic vessels.

Billion pound boost for Sunderland – with millions more to come

Almost £1 billion has already been invested in Sunderland since 2015 as part of a masterplan aimed at boosting jobs, infrastructure and cultural assets in the city, new figures show.

Looking ahead, a further £626m of spending is due to flow into the city by 2024.

An update on Sunderland’s 3,6,9 Vision – launched by key stakeholders in the city in 2015 with the aim of transforming it as a place to live and work – reveals remarkable progress so far.

Sunderland Port’s “Powerhouse of Prayer”…

SUNDERLAND is the city of a thousand secret stories, but few modern day fables are as interesting as the self-confessed “Powerhouse of Prayer” providing a warm welcome to seafarers from across the globe.

Sister Mary Scholastica is the first person foreign seafarers come across when berthed at Port of Sunderland. 

Amidst the clanging of cranes and hustle and bustle of lorries and forklift trucks at the port, a small haven of calm can be found in the form of the Stella Maris Seafarers Centre, where Sr. Scholastica dedicates herself to the welfare of the world’s mariners.