SSI UK says the loading for export of the first shipment of steel slabs from the revitalised Redcar plant will start tomorrow.
It is anticipated that the vessel will leave Teesport for Thailand on Tuesday with its cargo of 48,000 tonnes of steel slabs, valued at around £18m.
Phil Dryden, Chief Executive of SSI UK said “We are delighted with the progress made since the recommissioning of operations last month, and the first export shipment is another important milestone for us in establishing the SSI UK Business. We look forward to working closely with PD Ports to achieve a world class export performance via Teesport.”
PD Ports’ Chief Executive Officer, David Robinson, said: “The first export shipment from Teesside to Thailand is another significant milestone reached for SSI UK and the Teesside region. We are delighted to see the increase in volume of slab coming through Teesport and together with SSI UK we aim to deliver an outstanding and first class service.”
Today’s news is the latest landmark moment for Teesside steel.
On Sunday, April 15 Wills, the 11-year-old is the son of union boss Geoff Waterfield, relit the blast furnace in a hugely emotional ceremony.
Geoff led the campaign to bring steel-making back to Teesside but then died so tragically in August last year, aged just 43.
Then on Wednesday, April 18 the first slab in more than two years was produced at the site.
Crowds gathered as the Concast site, cheering as SSI UK Cast 01 rolled off the production line.
The re-start of production came 14 months after SSI sealed a deal to take over the former Teesside Cast Products site.