Port of Sunderland

Port of Sunderland Overview

Ideally positioned on the North East coast, Port of Sunderland offers immediate access to open sea.

With deep water berths open 24/7 and large ship capability, the port can play a major role in supporting the offshore and renewable energy sector, as well as providing comprehensive port operations services and potential for operations and maintenance activities.

With heavy involvement in supporting a number of renewable energy projects, including multiple vessel port calls and the storage of assets within the port prior to their deployment in the field, the port continues to garner a reputation of being ready and able to commit to projects that require planning and control over longer periods of time.

The port is a conventional cargo port that can handle and store any type of commodity. Deep water river berths and over 2KM of safe, in dock, quay frontage that can handle a diverse range of commodities and mobile cranes capable of handling 240T lifts and 32 tonne forklift trucks the port is ready and able to handle any type of commodity to and from vessels up to 200m in length.

During 2020 the Port was able to handle 780,371 tonnes of cargo.  Including commodities such as steel, wood pulp, construction materials, aggregates, offshore equipment and cranes.  The Port continues to provide operational marine infrastructure and accommodation to support offshore oil, gas and renewables

Port of Sunderland is one of the major economic regeneration sites in the North East and has brownfield development sites with premises and land available on attractive lease terms. The port also offers a dry dock facility within the port estate along with dedicated project offices – all available for third party use.

Developments within the port’s estate have included the progression of infrastructure enabling works to deliver two ‘shovel ready’ development sites comprising 20 acres of Enterprise Zone approved areas with recently reinstated rail connectivity.

Sunderland City Council ownership allows for a long-term approach to investment and decision making and an agile management team that allows for quick decision making to meet customer demands.

Add to that a skilled and flexible workforce and proximity to major transport links such as Newcastle International and Teesside International Airports, the A1(M) and A19 make the port an ideal location for your business needs.

Port Facts
Number of Berths13
Number of Ro-Ro Berths1
Length of Quays1650 metres
Warehousing19000 square metres
Max Vessel Dimensions200 metres - length
40 metres – breadth
8.5 metres - draft
Heaviest Load Over Quayside450 tonnes (larger on application)
Port Services & Key Facilities

With deep-water river and dock berths located ten minutes from open sea, Port of Sunderland provides over 1650 metres of vessel berthing.

In addition a unique combination of infrastructure comprising a heavy duty roll out ro-ro ramp, a load out quay and a reinforced crane slab allows for heavy lift cargo handling and project support. The port has two Liebherr LHM420 mobile cranes that are capable of tandem lifting up to 240T and also moving around the dock estate. Supporting these are a range of smaller cranes and a fleet of forklifts that can lift up to 32T.

There is over 55 hectares of developable land immediately behind the port’s berths with hardstanding and nearly 20,000 square metres of warehousing for material laydown, storage and fabrication. Five hectares of this land is designated with Enterprises Zone status.

The deep-water Corporation Quay benefits from the restitution of an operational rail spur adjacent to the quay, allowing a direct link to the national rail network.

Contact Information

Owner: City of Sunderland Council Contact Address: Capstan House, Greenwells Quay, Barrack Street, South Docks, Sunderland, SR1 2BU Email: portcommercial@sunderland.gov.uk Phone: 0191 553 2100