ELG Haniel reopens Thames cargo wharf
ELG Haniel Metals Ltd. has restarted operations at the Alexander Wharf in Barking on the River Thames in England that has been unused for over a decade.
ELG Haniel hopes to ship at least 1,000 tons of stainless steel scrap every month from the facility, and the vessel 'Wiebke D' has just made the first collection.
'The shipment from Alexander Wharf this week has gone very smoothly,' said Paul Brown of ELG Haniel. 'Reopening this wharf makes sound business sense — our Barking facility is strategically located near the key markets of London, Essex and the wider southeast England economy.'
'We are very pleased to have worked in partnership with ELG Haniel to bring this wharf back into working use,' said Jim Trimmer, head of planning and partnerships at the Port of London Authority, which worked with ELG Haniel in the dredging project. 'This is part of our work to safeguard the future of working wharves on the Thames and to reactivate a number of currently unused port facilities on the river.
'Every ship and barge that uses the Thames helps keep lorries off the crowded and congested roads. We will continue to take steps to increase use of the river for cargoes of all types and we see particular potential for growth in 'green' cargoes including recycling,' Trimmer said.