Port Launches ‘Containers for the Community’ Scheme

Bike4Health's David Buchan with his shipping container

The Port has launched a scheme to make good use of shipping containers that are no longer in active use for projects in the community.

‘Containers for the Community’ will see six 20 foot containers gifted to schools, social enterprises, sports clubs and good causes in South East Northumberland – in order to provide clean, dry and secure storage space for a range of activities.

Morpeth Road Primary Academy shows the way

One organisation already making excellent use of shipping containers is Morpeth Road Primary Academy in Blyth whose partnership with the cycling community interest company Bike4Health is serviced from a group of containers housed at the school.

Mike Bell, Executive Head teacher at the school, says: “This sounds like a fantastic way of making good use out of something that is available to the Port of Blyth. Shipping containers are so versatile and provide a great solution to storage issues particularly for the provision of outdoor activities which is a key focus here at Morpeth Road. I’m sure the scheme will be really popular with schools and community groups in Blyth – we’ll definitely be applying.”

Apply for the scheme

The Port will clean, paint and deliver the containers to the recipients, with Tom Chaplin, PR & Communications Manager of Port of Blyth saying: “We’re keen to hear from any kind of community group in Blyth that could make use of a shipping container and want to support the growth and success of those doing excellent work in our community.”

Any community group wishing to apply for ‘Containers in the Community’ can do so by contacting Tom via email on or by telephone on 01670 357 000.