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New boat named after Sir Bobby Robson

Boat insurance may be needed following the unveiling of the latest addition to the Port of Tyne's fleet.

The 16m long craft has been named in honour of football legend Sir Bobby Robson, who played for numerous British clubs before taking on the role of England manager from 1982 until 1990, the BBC reports.

Having battled cancer five times, the sporting star passed away in July 2009 at his home in County Durham.

In memory of the famous local, the team at the Port of Tyne opted to call the work boat, which is fitted with a 17-tonne crane after Robson.

The vessel will be fully commissioned in the new year and is intended to be used to conduct a variety of tasks including river bed levelling, placing and retrieving buoys, general maintenance, as well as pushing and towing duties.

Harbour master Mike Nicholson remarked: "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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