The Port of Tyne has extended its commercial partnership with Nissan to facilitate the import and export of new vehicles for a further five years.
As one of the port’s largest customers and of economic importance to the region, this agreement marks the dawn of a new era for both parties as the move to net zero transportation accelerates.
The Port of Tyne handles 600,000 vehicles per year, making it the country’s second largest car handling port.
Nissan first began producing cars in Sunderland in 1986. Since 1994, the Port of Tyne has played an integral part in transporting Sunderland-built models to over 130 worldwide markets.
The new deal follows Nissan’s EV36Zero announcement last year. Nissan EV36Zero will supercharge Nissan’s drive to carbon neutrality and establish a new 360° solution for zero-emission motoring. The transformational project is comprised of three interconnected initiatives, electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production with Nissan’s battery partner Envision AESC.
This development is closely aligned with the Port of Tyne’s sustainability vision to be net zero by 2030 and all-electric by 2040.
“The Port of Tyne has been an integral part of our supply chain for many years. As it continues to grow as a clean energy and green distribution hub it will continue to play a vital role in Nissan’s vision for a carbon neutral future,” says Michael Simpson, Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Nissan.
“We are incredibly proud to be supporting one of the UK’s biggest car manufacturer and having the opportunity to make a major contribution to the adoption of electric vehicles globally,” commented Matt Beeton, CEO at the Port of Tyne. “This agreement demonstrates Nissan’s long-term commitment to the port and its importance to the wider region.”