The Port of Wilmington received the first winter shipment of SSAB/Swedish Steel products last month.
The arrival of the geared bulker, m/v Amazoneborg marked the 13th consecutive season that Swedish Steel has routed its steel plate, cold rolled steel sheets in coils, as well as its hot-rolled steel sheets in coils through Wilmington.
Importing through GT USA Wilmington’s facility allows for continuity of supply to Midwestern customers, normally serviced through Great Lakes ports. Once the Great Lakes are closed for navigation each winter, cargo is re-directed through the port for the period of December through March. The m/v Amazoneborg carried over 11,600 tons of steel plate and coils, which is anticipated to be the first of 8 shipments to Wilmington for the 2018-19 season.
The Port of Wilmington is the first major marine terminal on the Delaware River and a key port of entry and logistics center for various steel commodities.
“GT USA is honored, to once again serve our premier steel partner in support of the safe handling and distribution of superior grade steel to its geographically dispersed customer base,” said Eric Casey, the port’s CEO. “We are looking forward to another very successful season”, he said.
The port is now operated by Gulftainer, a private company based in the United Arab Emirates.