THE largest cargo vessel to ever dock on the River Tyne is due into North Shields today (Thursday).
The coal ship ‘Alam Penting’ will smash all records when she arrives on the Tyne from New Orleans.
At 229-metres long, it is the largest cargo vessel to berth – and carrying 75,000 tonnes of coal it is the biggest volume handled on the river.
And it has all been made possible after Port of Tyne bosses deepened the river to 13-metres to allow for vessels such as the ‘Alam Penting’ to dock.
Steven Harrison, chief operating officer, said: “Deepening the river is essential to enable the Port of Tyne to compete against other European ports and continue to expand to accommodate large fully laden panamax ships.
“The Port has made significant strategic investment in excess of £5m in order to deepen the river and to meet this demand.”
The Alam Penting will arrive at the mouth of the Tyne at 2pm, making her approaches to the piers on the high tide and is expected to berth at 8pm.