Scunthorpe steel helping to build world's largest cargo port in China after major deal is secured
The giant Yangshan deep water facility in Shanghai and (inset) some of the rail supplied by British Steel for the project
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 25 Jan 2018
Scunthorpe steel is being used to help build the world's largest cargo port after a major deal to supply steel into China was secured.
British Steel has announced it has won a contract to supply crane rails for the £57 billion Yangshan deep water facility in Shanghai.
The deal is for the fourth phase of the project, which will enable the port of Shanghai to handle huge container ships with depths up to 15 metres, and is being delivered through major crane rail supplier Steel CLIK.
It will see British Steel supply crane rails, track shoe long bar and cutting edges, products known as special profiles, to Steel CLIK for use in China.
Under the terms of the deal, the Scunthorpe-based company has already supplied 4,650 tonnes of special profiles for the Yangshan development, with a further 3,000 tonnes to follow for the next phase.
The steel is being made at the Scunthorpe works, before being rolled at British Steel's special profiles facility in Teesside.
British Steel crane rail at the Yangshan development in China
Peter Gate, managing director of British Steel’s special profiles business, said: "China offers us a great opportunity so we’re delighted to be bringing our products to market through Steel CLIK.
"The Yangshan project is a highly prestigious development and, given the competition we faced, we’re immensely proud to have been awarded this contract.
"Our crane rails are of a very high quality and strength and will ensure the port, which will handle millions of tonnes of cargo a year, has exceptional capabilities."
The Yangshan project began in 2002 and the last of its phases is expected to be completed in 2020.
It is unique because of its sheer size and because of the shallow waters surrounding the offshore islands of Greater and Lesser Yangshan, where the port is being built. It is connected to the mainland by the 20-mile Donghai bridge, which is the world’s longest sea bridge.
The Yangshan development in Shanghai, China
British Steel's crane rails are developed for overhead gantry and floor-mounted cranes in ports, warehouses and shipyards around the world, while the company's track shoe long bar and cutting edges are key components in earthmoving equipment.
Mr Gate added: "We're delighted to be working with Steel CLIK on the Yangshan project, it will be an incredible development once it’s completed.
"For major projects like this we can customise crane rail in terms of steel grade and provide lengths of up to 16 metres. This means there are less joints, which is a major benefit to developers as they can carry heavier loads and maximise efficiency."
A Steel CLIK spokesman said: "Steel CLIK is a leading solution supplier for projects and special steel users. We have played important roles in most of China’s ports including Shanghai and Qingdao.
"Our years of expertise and quality rails from British Steel have definitely helped us win most of the jobs in the market, not only in China but also in Vietnam, Brazil, Thailand and India."