SSI UK signs seven year deal for handling of steel with TEESSIDE heavyweights PD Ports

5 February 2015

TEESSIDE heavyweights PD Ports and SSI UK have signed a new seven year deal for the handling of steel slab through Teesport.It secures about 100 jobs at the port, and bosses hope that future increases in volumes will lead to the creation of an additional 30 jobs.

Since SSI’s iron and steelmaking operations restarted almost three years ago at Redcar, more than seven million tonnes of steel have been exported through PD Ports’ facilities at Teesport to clients in the US, Europe and Thailand.

The new deal provides both parties with the security of a long term agreement and includes the provision of additional export capacity at the port that could handle the expected future increase in SSI’s steel production.

PD Ports’ significant investment at its No 1 Quay at Tees Dock, which is on target for completion in May 2015, will enable fully laden *panamax vessels to be loaded at any level of tide. This will help to cut supply chain costs for SSI UK and boost efficiency at Teesport’s premier export steel handling facility.

Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports’ managing director bulks and port services, said: “We are delighted to have agreed a new seven year deal with SSI UK. We have worked hard to support SSI UK since the re-commencement of steel production on Teesside in 2012 through improved efficiency of our operations and investment in our facilities.

“This contract demonstrates the close partnership between our businesses which we are sure will continue for many years to come. It provides the capacity to increase the volume of exports as SSI’s production grows and secures the long term position of Teesport as the UK’s premier bulk exporting port.”

Cornelius Louwrens, UK business director and chief operating officer for SSI UK, said: “We are pleased to have concluded the new agreement on what is a key part of our operations in ensuring we meet our customer requirements. The exporting of slabs through Teesport over the past three years has been very successful and is attributable to the close working relationship and cooperation between the two companies. We look forward to a continuation of that in operating the new contract.”

*Derived from the name for mid-sized vessels that are used primarily to ship cargo through the Panama Canal.