The Hartlepool Steel Terminal, owned and operated by PD Ports, has welcomed its first shipments.
The 75,000 square feet facility allows customers to discharge different steel products – including coil, steel plate, beams, pipes – on to the same berth, reducing both shipping and onward freight costs, PD Ports tells Kallanish.
It has been upgraded to store steel coil with the installation of a specialist storage system – the KLP Roll Stop System by Lankhorst Engineered Products – which can hold individual coils of up to 30 tonnes.
The Port of Hartlepool is the only northeast UK coastal port that can receive both short-sea and deep-sea volumes of steel coil, offering capacity for more than 50,000t of the product, PD Ports claims. Shipments of various steel products, including the first shipments of steel coil, will arrive in Hartlepool this month, including vessels from Brazil, Turkey and Germany.
The port has already handled 50,000t of import and export steel products in the first six months of 2023, a figure which is expected to grow significantly thanks to the new steel coil offer. The project represents a diversification for the terminal building, which previously supported the oil and gas industries.
“This new facility is a significant investment in our operations at Port of Hartlepool, making it a truly global terminal and one that will support North-East manufacturing businesses in sourcing their products from around the world,” says PD Ports business development manager Roy Merryweather. “It will open up access to the best quality steel available internationally, including many grades that are not made in the UK.”
Adam Smith Poland