First vessel arrives at Blyth’s new fuel terminal

February saw the arrival of the first tanker at the newly opened marine fuel terminal at Port of Blyth.

The tanker, Shannon Fisher, delivered the first cargo of just under 1,500 tonnes of marine gas oil which was transferred to the 15 million litre capacity tank farm recently completed at the port’s Bates Terminal. The facility, operated by the Geos Group, is expected to prove particularly attractive to vessels operating in the North Sea offshore energy sector, but is also available for servicing a wide range of other traffic.

The Geos Group’s managing director, Barry Newton, said: “We are delighted to have completed the build and receive the first vessel at our new fuel terminal. The facility is a strategically important new asset and will enhance our bunkering services to existing and new customers alike.”

Port of Blyth chief executive, Martin Lawlor, added: “This is another important step forward in the port’s growth plans and re-affirms our position as a growing offshore energy hub. I am confident that the terminal and partnership with the Geos Group will go from strength to strength, with future expansion of the facility a shared objective.”

The £6+ million development at the Blyth Estuary has been supported by Northumberland development company, Arch, which has provided assistance through its business growth programme. The Geos Group is a marine fuel supplier with a £200+ million turnover, providing storage, supply and logistics solutions.