Football legend Sir Bobby Robson honoured in boat naming
- 27 December 2011
- From the section Tyne & Wear
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."