Metal Recycler Unveils Scottish Deep-Sea Dock Plan

Metal recycling firm EMR is to transform its Scottish operations with a multi-million-pound development in Glasgow.

Recycling Today reports that the 11.5-acre King George V West Quay (Berth 10) site will be EMR’s most innovative deep-sea dock in the UK, and will allow the recycler to ‘transfer material in the most competitive and low carbon way possible’.

This will mean that from December, EMR’s customers in central Scotland will get more competitive prices for their scrap metal as logistics costs are decreased.

The development will also highlight the long-term importance of the River Clyde as a lower carbon transport hub, demonstrating to the world as representatives arrive in Glasgow in November for the COP 26 climate change conference.

The new deep-sea dock will provide environmental benefits, such as its ability to accept bulk carriers of up to 65,000 tonnes, which produce 20 per cent of the carbon emissions per tonne of steel carried than the smaller (3,000) tonne vessels currently operated by EMR in the area.

The development will also receive 100 per cent renewable electricity from Scottish Power and will have enhanced electrical connections to allow equipment used on the site in future to be fully electrified. This will ensure that the site is ready to meet EMR’s goal to be a net-zero recycler by 2040, the firm said.

As for long term goals, there is space on the site for a second phase expansion, which in the next few years could include developments in electric vehicle recycling and large scale metal processing.

The deep-sea dock development is a partnership between EMR, landlord Peel Ports Ltd, and developer McLaughlin & Harvey. This partnership has invested in several bold initiatives that ensure that susainability is at the core of King George V docks.

These include investment in environmental education in local schools as well as re-introducing native Scottish plants around the docks.

EMR’s area general manager, Gary Barrett, said that working alongside Peel Ports and McLaughlin & Harvey, the company is investing heavily in the future of Glasgow’s economy and the UK recycling industry.

“While EMR will continue to invest in our nearby South Street and Bellshill sites, the King George V development represents the beginning of an exciting new era for Glasgow’s docks. Not only will our customers benefit but we will be delivering new, high-quality jobs to the area in a sustainable and innovative industry,” he said

He added that from December, Glasgow will see some of the world’s largest bulk cargo ships arriving on the Clyde, and take scrap metal to play a vital role in a global circular economy.

Paul Bodkin, commercial general manager for EMR, said: “This new site will be a game-changer for our customers across Scotland. At King George V we will have the ability to accept all grades of non-ferrous and ferrous metal and thanks to the efficiencies this new site will provide, EMR will be able to offer better prices and service than ever.”

 

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