Each year, the Clean Tyne project removes around 400 tonnes of debris from the River Tyne between Blaydon and the piers.
The project was set up 20 years ago, originally between the four councils of Gateshead, Newcastle and North and South Tynesides.
South Tyneside decided to end its funding for the project in 2015, followed by Newcastle in 2018 and finally Gateshead and North Tyneside in February this year.
The Port of Tyne, which has statutory responsibility for only the safety of navigation, has stepped in to take over from Gateshead Council to lead the project and it plans to ask all four councils to be involved on a nonfinancial basis to uphold the project’s remit to keep the river clean.
The port will invest around £100,000 in operating costs each year in deploying the debris collection vessel Clearwater.