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SHIPPING MINISTER VISITS PORT OF TYNE

Port of Tyne welcomes Nusrat Ghani MP to on a tour of the River Tyne

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani visits the Port of Tyne.

During the visit the Minister enjoyed a boat trip on the River Tyne aboard the Port's pilot boat - Collingwood and was able to see first-hand the offshore renewable cluster of businesses based on the Tyne.

Port of Tyne Minister Visit

Parlimentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani visits the Port of Tyne

Later on a tour of the Port of Tyne's 600 acre estate, the Shipping Minister learnt more about the potential of the Port of Tyne Enterprise Zone sites and saw the latest development of a second wood pellet terminal, which is working with Lynemouth Power Ltd to produce 390MW of low-carbon electricity.

A champion for encouraging diversity and supporting women and young people in maritime, Ms Ghani heard more about the Port of Tyne's commitment to creating apprentice opportunities.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said:

"Our ports are vital to our nation, helping deliver food, energy and products to our homes.

"The Port of Tyne is rightly proud to keep the country topped up with tea - handling 40 per cent of all loose leaf imports - as well as boosting the economy as the UK's second largest car exporter.

"Crucial to this is the port's employees and it was great to see its apprenticeship programme supporting many young people, especially women, reach their potential."

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, said: "Our maritime sector is at the forefront of free trade and will only become increasingly important as we seize the international trade opportunities that arise from our withdrawal from the European Union.

"It was great to be able to discuss issues facing UK ports with Ms Ghani and showcase how the Port of Tyne is contributing to sustaining trading gateways to world-wide markets."

Member of Parliament for Wealden in East Sussex since 2015 - Ms Ghani was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Office in 2017. She has also served as the Chair of the Prime Minister's Apprenticeship Diversity Network and has held numerous Select Committee memberships.

The Port of Tyne adds £700 million to the UK economy, supporting 14,000 jobs.