The Alabama State Port Authority offloaded through its Pinto Steel Terminal the first shipment of Brazilian made steel slab bound for the ThyssenKrupp Steel USA multi-billion dollar steel processing facility at Calvert, Ala. Just over 50,000 metric tons of steel slabs, or 2,216 individual slabs, were manufactured by ThyssenKrupp CSA Siderúrgica do Atlântico steel production mill located on Sepetiba Bay in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ThyssenKrupp CSA will serve as the primary source of carbon steel slab for the ThyssenKrupp Steel USA state-of-the-art steel mill, and will deliver an estimated three million metric tons annually through the Port Authority’s Pinto Steel Terminal.
Jimmy Lyons, director and chief executive officer for the Port Authority commented on the significance of the first shipment of Brazilian produced product. “The successful ramp-up of both the Brazilian and Alabama mills, along with the first delivery of Brazilian carbon slabs, demonstrates how well these new facilities are performing. The second shipment is already en route and Pinto Terminal is prepared to handle the volume,” said Lyons.
The inbound slabs were discharged from the M/V HERMANN S, a U-SEABULK operated vessel. Page & Jones, LLC served as the vessel’s agent. The Alabama State Port Authority, which owns and operates the new $110 million steel handling terminal, offloaded the steel using three wide span gantry cranes, each of which have a maximum lift capacity of 74 metric tons. Premier Bulk Stevedoring, LLC provided shipboard cargo handling services.
“This is another important milestone for our project,” stated Scott Posey, director of communications for ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC. “With the arrival of these slabs from our newly sister company in Brazil, we’re inaugurating the supply chain that will enable us to provide our customers with the highest quality products and fulfill our vision of becoming the premier steel producer in the NAFTA market. Our close and successful partnership with the Alabama State Port Authority has made this possible.”