Football legend Sir Bobby Robson honoured in boat naming

Sir Bobby Robson The Sir Bobby Robson is a "valuable addition" to the Port of Tyne fleet

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The latest addition to the Port of Tyne's fleet has been named in honour of a football legend.

The Sir Bobby Robson, a 52ft (16m) work boat fitted with a plough and a 17 tonne crane, will be used for a variety of tasks to help keep the river safe.

These include river bed levelling, placing and retrieving buoys, as well as general maintenance and pushing and towing duties.

The £1.1m vessel will be fully commissioned in the new year.

Mike Nicholson, harbour master at the Port of Tyne, says: "We are improving our facilities to meet the commercial demands of a busy and growing port.

"This is a very valuable addition to our fleet."

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