News and Events

Experienced port operators appointed to steer Tees shipping industry.

Gary Dawson, AV Dawson managing director and Garry O'Malley, Redcar Bulk Terminal (RBT) managing director take on the chair and vice chair roles for the industry body, the Tees and Hartlepool Port Users Association (THPUA).

Dawson and O'Malley bring a wealth of experience to their new roles; both from the perspective of their roles as senior business leaders but also the businesses they represent. AV Dawson and RBT are both successful port facilities on the Tees that have been going from strength to strength; each has recently made announcements of major investments and new contract wins. Both business leaders also bring expertise and contacts through their involvement in supporting international businesses import and export a wide range of cargoes through the Tees.

Posted on 16th January 2020

THPUA, ICS & PD Ports donate lifesaving camera to RNLI.

Teesside's shipping community has donated a thermal imaging camera to the RNLI enabling it to increase the effectiveness of its search and rescue operations, and ultimately increasing its capability to save lives. The hi-tech thermal imaging device, which was donated to Redcar RNLI, provides its lifeboat crew with state of the art 'night vision' to identify casualties at sea or on land. It can detect heat sources up to a kilometre away, and importantly is not affected by the bright lights of Teesside's industry.

The camera was jointly purchased by PD Ports, THPUA and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS). PD Ports contributed its half of the £3,000 donation through its 'Find it-Fund it' scheme, an initiative that supports local causes its employees are involved with. The remainder of the funds were provided by the THPUA and ICS; with THPUA members donating £1,000 and ICS donating £500.

Mike Picknett, Redcar RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: "We really can't thank enough the organisations who've contributed towards the donation of the thermal imaging equipment. It gives us much more certainty that when we search for someone, we will find them. Equally as important, it will also cut down the time the volunteer RNLI crews spend searching at sea or on the River Tees, often in the dark and in poor weather conditions. This is cutting-edge technology and it's already been put to good use searching round the cliffs at Saltburn.""

Posted on 19th December 2019

Annual Cricket Match 2019 charity funds donated to Zoe's Place.

The funds raised from the PD vs Port Users Annual Cricket Match this year have been donated to Zoe’s Place. THPUA’s Chair and Vice Chair, Stuart Brookes and Gary Dawson, were accompanied by ICS Chair Nikki Sayer and PD Ports CEO Franc Calje to formally present a £1600 cheque to Zoe's Place.

Posted on 17th December 2019

Congratulations to Wilton Engineering, who won The THPUA Annual Golf Day 2019.

Congratulations also to our other winners including:
THPUA individual winner – Craig Scott (Tees Foyboatmen)
Guest individual winner – Dan Tyreman (MGT, guest of PD Ports)

Posted on 1st July 2019

THPUA is proud to support Andrew and James Lunn from Richmond, North Yorkshire

THPUA is proud to support Andrew (11) and James (13) Lunn, two young people from Richmond, North Yorkshire, who are going to cycle from Richmond, Surrey, back to home, next week, in aid of the Butterwick Hospice. If you would like to support them further, here is the link

Posted on 20th July 2018

THPUA thanks Craig Briggs as he completes his two year term of office

THPUA thanks Craig Briggs as he completes his two year term of office and welcomes Stuart Brookes as Chairman and Gary Dawson as Vice Chairman. We have today heard from Jerry Hopkinson, Vice Chairman of PD Ports, and Ben Houchen, Mayor of Tees Valley. We are now actively involved in a consultation paper on the river; a review of Crown Estates’ involvement on land issues; and the Freeport discussions.

Posted on 14th December 2017

2018 Training Dates - First Announcements

6th and 7th March 2018 hosted by the Port of Blyth – OPRC Refresher courses, all levels

27th February to 2nd March and 3rd to 6th April - OPRC Oil Response Manager courses (4/5P) hosted by the Port of Felixstowe

Dates TBC - Oil Response Manager course on Teesside, Quarter 1 of 2018

19th to 21st February - PFSO course on Teesside

Posted on 27th November 2017

Alexe Finlay - Winner: MNWB Annual Award for Services to Seafarers Welfare 2017

Since arriving on the Tees area in 1989, Alexe Finlay’s contribution to the maritime sector, particularly as a seafarers’ welfare volunteer, has been exceptional.

Passionate and dedicated, Alexe has acted as a proactive member, Secretary, Vice Chair or Chair of a plethora of maritime community bodies - Tees and Hartlepool Port Users' Association, Mission to Seafarers (North and South Tees), RNLI Teesmouth Station, German Seamen’s Mission and the MNWB Tees Port Welfare Committee. However she is also a ‘hands on’ person who is seen regularly in the Seafarers’ Centre, serving behind the bar, driving the minibus and organising volunteer staff rotas so that the Tees’ centres remain open.

Alexe fully utilises her excellent communication skills and resilient, resourceful and resolute nature, being calm under pressure, dependable and reliable, able to instil confidence and inspire others to follow her example of clear thinking and sharp focus. Alèxe is a person who treats others with dignity and respect, never asking of anyone what she herself would not do.

The catalyst for positive change, Alexe - through the Port User Group - has further developed and encouraged the port levy system, which has been in operation on the Tees for some 40 years. Therefore, the four welfare organisations each receive a regular, monthly revenue stream, with monies collected from each vessel visiting the Tees. This model of port levy has become a benchmark for other ports, recognised by the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).

This encapsulates Alexe’s way of thinking, constantly seeking to achieve a completely integrated system where the river works as a whole; a model where port safety and security is ring fenced and the diverse needs of visiting vessels and seafarers are understood. Her influence has ensured that the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code has been implemented in a way that does not marginalise seafarers wishing to come ashore. Her impact in this respect has been pivotal in the way in which seafarers are treated.

Her contribution to marine industry on Teesside has been innovative, steadfast and trusted for over nearly three decades. She has also been involved in setting national UK standards for integrated emergency response; oil pollution prevention; port waste; training for harbour masters and pilots; vessel traffic management systems; marine safety compliance.

With Alexe’s assistance, the MNWB Tees Port Welfare Committee has developed from a disparate group of people meeting quarterly, to a team of professionals using skills and expertise to review and support ‘front line’ welfare provision, problem solve and ultimately enhance seafarers’ quality of life.

Alexe Finlay is the worthy recipient of the MNWB Annual Award for Services to Seafarers Welfare 2017. The award will be presented at the MNWB PWC Conference on 29 November 2017.

Posted on 7th November 2017

DEFRA, Natural England, Environment Agency and Tees Estuary Partnership Chairman signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the 3rd October 2017

Posted on 6th November 2017

THPUA’s presentation to the UKMPA Conference September 2017

Click here to download a copy of the presentation.

Posted on 21st September 2017

The Tees’ river community is delighted to inform everyone that Jerry has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Jerry was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal in 2013.

Nobody on our river deserves this more and we send him every good wish and our heartiest congratulations. He has been inspirational and pivotal in our community for nearly forty years and the success of our integrated approach to safety, conservancy and welfare is in no small part down to his leadership and commitment.

There is also the “home team”: Kath, Jerry’s fabulous and amazing wife; children Mark, Christopher, Nicholas and Sarah (and remembering Michael); partners Ruth, Claire, Helene and Mark; grandchildren Claudia, Annika, Amelie, Finn, Patrick, Aidan and Conor; extended family Clare, Joseph, Chris, Maureen, Stephen, Lesley, and remembering two sets of parents, Leslie and Louisa and Harry and Anne.

We wish them all a happy day of celebration and we hope Jerry and Kath have a day to remember in the future at a Buckingham Palace Investiture.

To Jerry we send our utmost respect and admiration from everyone on the River Tees and the wider community you serve in the cause of safe conservancy management and seafarers’ welfare.

Posted on 19th June 2017

Victoria Parkin wins the ICS Rose Bowl as outstanding student

Victoria Parkin, LV Shipping, wins the ICS Rose Bowl as outstanding student. Well done, Victoria!

Posted on 28th November 2016

Chris Stocks and Paul Brooks join Jerry Drewitt in London for UKHMA Seminar

Deputy Harbourmaster Chris Stocks and Harbourmaster Paul Brooks join Jerry Drewitt in London for UKHMA Seminar.

Posted on 28th November 2016

THPUA said farewell to Jerry Drewitt as Harbourmaster

THPUA said farewell to Jerry Drewitt as Harbourmaster on 12 October with a variety of gifts and kind words! As he is remaining involved in marine consultancy and seafarers’ welfare, we look forward to seeing him again soon. Captain Paul Brooks was welcomed as his able successor.

Posted on 14th October 2016

THPUA wins the Annual Cricket Match against PD Ports

THPUA comfortably and stylishly won the 2016 and 14th annual cricket match against PD Ports, with the teams raising £1500 for the Tom Dresser VC Fund. The photos show Rob Turnbull and Dave MacDonald with trophy and the incontrovertible evidence of the electronic scoreboard!

Posted on 25th July 2016

"End of summer term" at THPUA

THPUA held its summer lunch at Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club on 13 July, with grateful thanks to Tees Bay Pilots for their generous hospitality. Our next meeting is in September. The twentieth annual dinner will be held on 17 March 2017 and we are pleased to announce that our speakers will be John Garner, Fleet Director of P&O, and Captain Mike Nicholson, formerly Harbourmaster at the Port of Tyne. Now back to that cricket practice. Nets, anyone?

Posted on 18th July 2016

THPUA is pleased to support the High Tide Foundation

THPUA is pleased to support the High Tide Foundation -

Posted on 10th February 2016

Stuart Brookes joins the team

We welcome Craig Briggs as our Chairman, and Stuart Brookes joins the team as Vice Chairman. Mike and Alexe remain in post.

Posted on 11th December 2015

Congratulations to Maurice Dawson

THPUA offers its heartiest congratulations to Maurice Dawson on his honorary Doctor of Business Administration, awarded this week by Teesside University. Nobody deserves it more.

Posted on 27th November 2015

THPUA wins the Annual Cricket Match against PD Ports

THPUA wins the Annual Cricket Match against PD Ports and over £1000 is raised for the Mission to Seafarers.

Posted on 27th July 2015