End of an era which spanned 600 years

Sunderland Echo - - Retro -

Coal ship­ments from the Port of Sun­der­land was due to cease – bring­ing an end to a tra­di­tion span­ning 600 years.

It also places a ques­tion mark over the fu­ture of 19 jobs.

The coal, mainly from Sea­ham and Vane Tem­pest collieries, will switch to a new merry-go-round train sys­tem to be in­stalled at Sea­ham, which will carry the bulk of it to the Tyne Coal Ter­mi­nal, with some pos­si­bly go­ing through Blyth. The news is a body blow to the port and comes at a time when Wear tug­boat men are fac­ing a cri­sis on the river. Their num­bers have been slashed by more than half and the work avail­able is at an all-time low. Last year there were 27 tug­boat men, Now there are only 11 and two of the four tugs gave been laid up.

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