ArcelorMittal had challenges in shipping steel coil from the Continent to the main UK processing areas such as the West Midlands and the Merseyside areas both of which are heavily involved in the automotive industry.
They had restricted port capacity at various UK east coast ports including Port Sutton Bridge where vessel sizes are restricted due to low water. Additionally, they found there was a dwindling availability of trucks designed to carry steel coil that could handle the cargo from that port.
Geografische Lage: Midlands, Großbritannien
Umsatz: 63,57 Milliarden US-Dollar (2015)
DFDS offered our steel terminal in Immingham, which is rail linked so less dependent on road. Immingham can accommodate vessels up to 20,000 tonnes, which is considerably more than the smaller east coast ports. Our Immingham facility includes 100 tonne capacity harbour cranes, a heated warehouse, two magnet cranes with a capacity of 35 tonnes each, road, rail plus dedicated knowledgeable staff working 7 days a week to meet customer demands.
Die Stahlcoils werden per Schiff angeliefert und abhängig von 24- oder 48-Stunden-Lieferabruf in das Lager oder auf die Straße bzw. Schiene umgeladen. Wir beladen wöchentlich 4 bis 5 Züge (mit 10 bis 12 Waggons) mit jeweils 1.200 Tonnen Stahlcoils. Der Anschluss an das Straßennetz in Immingham ermöglicht den Transport von Coils per Tieflader.
"Because we use magnetic cranes for handling the coil in our warehouse, we have a very low level of damage to the coils. With the demands of the automotive industry, there is a zero tolerance towards damaged coils, so these low damage rates are very important, not only to ArcelorMittal, but across the supply chain," says Ian Penistone, Operations Director.
DFDS volumes for ArcelorMittal have been steadily rising. Much of this steel comes back to us in Immingham in the form of finished cars from Jaguar, Land Rover and Vauxhall to be shipped to points in Europe on DFDS vessels.