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The Port of Sunderland is 300 years old. Historically it was a hugely important contributor to the prosperity of the City playing a central role in the coal and shipbuilding industries.

February 10, 2015 by  
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Recent investment and developments, together with significant political and commercial backing from the City Council, mean that the Port is once again central to Sunderland’s economic future. The mood amongst the management team and the businesses based at the Port is positive. Not only are the companies involved in more traditional cargoes enjoying resurgence at the Port, it is attracting national and international players in the fledgling renewables and mature subsea engineering sectors.

Investments continue in e Port infrastructure and potential inward investors fully recognise the excellent location the Port has to offer in terms of its City centre location and geographical proximity to the North Sea.te. It also benefits from the pool of advanced engineering talent Sunderland has to offer. Already involved in Round 2 off shore wind developments, specifically assembly and installation, the Port is ideally placed to support Round 3 developments, particularly: pre-development survey; manufacturing; assembly & installation and on-going operations and maintenance.

One of the Port of Sunderland’s greatest strengths, is its ownership structure. The Port is part of Sunderland City Council and, like many European ports, the municipal partnership allows it to take a long-term view. Its focus is not all about short-term commercial gain: rather it is part of a wider City Economic Masterplan, an intrinsic element in the economic well-being of the entire City region.

The Port is attractive to companies in the renewables sector who are drawn to Sunderland because of the skills of the workforce, a strong supply chain, it’s key strategic location with instant access to the North Sea and proximity to offshore wind farm zones and the superb infrastructure and technical support.

Hand in hand with the development of the renewables market is a recognition of the strategic fit with the development of the subsea engineering market. It is the project location of choice for several of Europe’s major subsea engineering companies and it’s seeing vessels engaged in surveying operations for future offshore wind farm developments use the Port on a regular basis.

These are exciting times for the Port. It is determined to capitalise on Sunderland’s considerable strengths and show the renewable and subsea engineering markets that it’s open for business.

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