Export breakthrough for Derbyshire recycling specialist

Derbyshire-based metal and waste management specialist, Ward, is set to ship its first cargo of scrap from its dedicated deep sea port at Immingham to Turkey this month.

The MV Fearless ship, which has five storage holds and four onboard cranes to unload the scrap, will transport almost 20,000 tonnes of scrap metal to Habas in Nemrut Bay, Turkey. It is the first shipment from Ward’s fifth site, Immingham dock, which opened earlier this year.

Thomas Ward, commercial manager at Ward, said: “This first ship heading for Turkey is another major milestone for Ward and our metals business. It opens up one of the largest global markets for scrap metal to us, due to Turkey’s production of rebar for use in construction and manufacturing. We can now independently import and export steel in bulk to and from anywhere in the world. At least another five vessels like this are expected ship out this year.”

HMS 1 and 2 comprise obsolete scrap metal only – iron and steel recovered from items demolished or dismantled at the end of their life, such as construction and demolition waste or railway upgrade projects. Ward has recovered the iron and steel from its metal and waste processing plants in the UK, as well as purchasing scrap from local customers in and around its other four sites.

Since opening the dock in April 2018, Ward has created five jobs and invested in new infrastructure, site upgrades and plant and equipment, including two Sennebogen 830e and a Liebherr LH40 cranes. The site enables the independent metals specialist to export and import various grades and bulk, sort and process for onward recycling.

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