Scrap metal export to Spain

The 96 metre long cargo boat Meike-B left Lerwick harbour for Sevilla, in Spain, on Friday evening. Photo: John Lawrie Group

THE FIRST shipment of recycled scrap metal processed at the newly re-opened Rova Head facility left Lerwick Harbour for a Spanish steel mill late on Friday.

Two thousand tonnes of metal was loaded onto the cargo vessel Meike-B ahead of being recycled and remanufactured into new steel products.

Aberdeen based John Lawrie Group acquired the former 60 North Recycling site at the end of last year and following major refurbishment and investment in new equipment it opened the facility in February.


The company’s operations director Dave Weston said the shipment marked the latest step in the evolution of the site which is being developed into a full-service scrap metal processing and decommissioning support facility.

“This first shipment of processed scrap metal is a major step for the site and the team there,” Weston said.

“To export 2,000 tonnes just two months after we opened is testament to everyone’s hard work. It illustrates that there is clear demand on the islands for an efficient and reliable metal processing facility.”


Meanwhile, figures released by Lerwick Port Authority on Monday morning showed that the amount of whitefish landed continues to grow.

Two thousand and six hundred tonnes, valued at £4.8 million, was landed at Lerwick fish market between January and March 2018.

This was a 13 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Port chief executive Sandra Laurenson said construction of the new fish market at Mair’s Quay would begin soon.

“With Lerwick already attracting the second highest fish landings in the UK, recent landings and healthy white fish stocks reinforce our commitment to continuing investment in the sector,” she said.