North Lincolnshire port set to become major exporter of scrap metal to the world

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 10 Apr 2018

A North Lincolnshire port is set to become a major exporter of scrap metal to the world.

The move at Groveport, on the River Trent at Gunness, follows the success of the owners at P.D Ports in clinching a new long-term contract with Mettalis, one of the UK's leading recyclers of waste materials, to provide stevedoring and storage services.

The operators will use a 1.2-acre site adjacent to the quay at the inland port complex, which has direct access to the Humber estuary, to export scrap metals from across the UK.

Geoff Lippitt, PD Ports’ business development director, said he saw the new contract as a further testament to the company's handling expertise.

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He said: "Our experience, skills and knowledge in the handling of metals at Groveport has positioned the port as one of the UK’s premier facilities for handling steel products of all kinds, including scrap metals.

"The length of the contract with Mettalis shows real intent on both our parts to support the growth in demand for scrap metal exports.

"Mettalis is PD Ports’ second major signing in the past few months in the metals industry and this highlights Groveport’s strength in this sector.

"PD Ports has developed its operations at the port and now has 14 heavy lift quayside cranes up to 40 tonne lift capacity and fully computerised 50 tonne weighbridges to facilitate collections and deliveries using its internal or customer transport."

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Jason Coleman, Mettalis director, said he believed the expertise PD Ports had in the metal sector was a strong attraction for his company to partner with them.

He said: "Our business is in recycling scrap metal and this is becoming an increasingly important part of our business growth.

"Our need is to move our product safely, securely and without delays to our recycling customers and using Groveport makes real sense when you consider the location, the stevedoring facilities and the skills and expertise PD Ports offers us.

"We are confident this long-term partnership will help us expand our business operations even further."

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