NLMK Replaces Wood with Recycled Plastic in Sea Transportation
Russian steel maker NLMK has begun to use polymer materials instead of wooden containers for the transportation of steel billets. The new
Russian steel maker NLMK has begun to use polymer materials instead of wooden containers for the transportation of steel billets. The new transportation scheme saves more than 100 million rubles and 13 thousand cubic meters of timber annually. Earlier, during sea transportation, wooden beams were used to fasten metal on a ship. Now for sea transportation of a batch of metal, 20 times less wood is required. The ease of use of the new fasteners also increased the speed of loading steel billets onto the ship. The new transportation scheme makes it possible to reuse fasteners made of special polymeric materials instead of timber.
At the same time, there is no need to recycle used wood and the demand for processing household plastic waste into polymer material is stimulated. The production of new fasteners for transporting a batch of 5,000 tonnes requires 50,000 1.5 liter plastic bottles.
The new transportation scheme is now constantly used on the Kaliningrad Russia to Frederikswerk Denmark route. The technology will be scaled up within the NLMK Group's supply chain.