In September 2020, AV Dawson rebranded its facility as Port of Middlesbrough, giving a nod to the heritage of the site with a name that was first used almost 200 years earlier, while also positioning the business to deliver an exciting Port Masterplan to take the company forward.

Above: AV Dawson’s Port of Middlesbrough with offshore wind vessels on the quay, including one of the most advanced cable laying vessels in the world – Prysmian Group’s ‘Leonardo Da Vinci.

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Some of the sandstone remains of the original staiths were found when AV Dawson’s new head office was built - they have been used to create a feature in the landscaping around the carpark.

Above: Sandstone from the original railway lines that extended to the shipping staiths was discovered when AV Dawson was digging the foundations for its new head office. Some of this has been preserved in the landscaping around the head office car park.
Above: AV Dawson’s new state-of-the-art head office ‘The Staiths’ at Port of Middlesbrough, which opened in 2022

On 17 September 2020, AV Dawson announced the rebranding of its site. The Port of Middlesbrough rebrand acknowledged the firm’s location on the original Port Darlington site and its central role in Middlesbrough’s industrial heritage. It also helped geographically position the site and better articulate the services it provided as it continued its strategy to diversify into new, growing markets such as offshore wind and recyclables.

The rebrand marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter of progress and expansion under a new Port Masterplan which included investment in quay enhancements – deepening and widening the berths, the construction of a green, alternative fuel processing plant and a state-of-the-art new head office – which is located on the exact location of the original railway lines that served the coal staiths – hence the building’s name ‘The Staiths.’

The impressive three-storey building is also home to Cockfield Knight – the ships agency business within the AV Dawson Group – and Italian cable manufacturing giant Prysmian Group, who have been a key customer in the business’ diversification into the offshore wind and renewables.

Port of Middlesbrough has a 200-year story of evolution and opportunity. The site was the birthplace of modern Middlesbrough and has continued to play a major role in the development of the town and the wider region over the following two centuries and beyond.

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Today, with over 25 different terminals operating on the river, the Tees has the capacity and capability to support a diverse range of cargo including liquid bulks (such as oil), dry bulks (such as aggregates), break bulks (such as steel) and project cargo (including cables for offshore wind).