COVID-19: Consumer Product Imports Top 3 Million a Day

COVID-19 imports reach 3 million

Port of Blyth management have paid tribute to the hard work of its workforce during the COVID-19 outbreak as the daily number of essential consumer products handled per day reaches three million.

Known as one of the UK’s leading offshore energy support bases, the Port also handles container line services from Europe with a focus on consumer items including vast quantities of tissue products like toilet rolls, kitchen towel and sanitary products.

As a major commercial port, Port of Blyth has been deemed an essential service by the Government in relation to COVID-19 and its 120 employees have been classified as key workers.

As a result, the Port of Blyth’s operations team and employees of its logistics subsidiary Transped have been working round the clock – with a range of increased safety measures in place to protect staff from the spread of the virus – to ensure the region’s shops and supermarkets remain stocked with essential products.

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive of Port of Blyth, said: “We’re so proud of our whole team of key workers for the commitment they’ve shown in helping to keep the UK running during this crisis. Like a lot of people in the country, many of them are concerned for their health and that of their families but despite this they have tackled the challenge with a huge level dedication and professionalism.”

In staying open during the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as ensuring that goods reach retail outlets and businesses, the Port is also helping to guarantee that critical infrastructure relating to offshore energy production continues to be installed, maintained and repaired through its offshore energy support base which is home to many of the world’s leading energy supply chain companies.

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