PITTSBURGH The first load
of scrap metal out of an Alaskan port has left for Asia,
demonstrating that the material doesnt have to be
rerouted through the continental United States.
Tri Metal International LLC
shipped the 8,000 tonnes of scrap from Port MacKenzie, near
Anchorage, on a vessel bound for South Korea, according to
Alaskas Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
The initial shipment will result
in a net loss, but Tri Metal managing director Syed Hussain
said he needs to prove that shipping from Alaska is possible.
Ice concerns can impact efficiency at the port but dont
Traditionally, scrap generated
in Alaska has been sent to Seattle. Exporting directly from
Alaska shortens the shipping time by 10 days and can add up to
an annual savings of $280,000 to $400,000.
Hussein estimates he can export
between 50,000 and 100,000 tonnes of scrap from the port each
year, according to the borough.
The new export avenue has drawn
interest from East Asia, with numerous Japanese buyers visiting
the port to watch the loading in progress.
Wasilla, Alaska-based Tri Metal
established a 34-acre scrap processing yard in 2011 and
transports scrap generated from the region 25 miles to the port
amm.com, Oct. 24, 2011).