A ship carrying the first slabs of steel made on Teesside in two years set sail for the Far East this morning.
The vessel is transporting 48 thousand tonnes of steel to Thailand, where it will be sold at a price of around 30 million pounds.
The journey will take around four or five weeks.
The first steel slabs created at the SSI plant on Teesside are ready to set sail to Thailand.
The 48 000 tonne consignment worth £18.5million has been loaded onto ships and will leave Teesport this morning.
The former Corus site in Redcar was mothballed more than two years ago, but in April the furnace was relit and the plant reopened.
Once the plant is at full capacity it will produce up to 400 slabs of steel a day
The first slabs of steel from the newly re-opened SSI blast furnace are being loaded up ready to be shipped to Thailand. It's the latest milestone for the works on Teesside, which seemed doomed when it was mothballed two years ago.
Forty eight thousand tonnes of slabs worth around eighteen million pounds will leave this time but the next shipment is expected to break records.
As SSI UK prepares to send the first steel shipment to SSI Thailand, the firm's president celebrates steelmaking on Teesside.
The first slabs of steel are being loaded onto a ship bound for Thailand.
SSI bosses say it's 'another momentous day' for steel making on Teesside.
A ceremony is taking place to celebrate the first shipment of SSI steel from Teesside.
More than 48,000 tonnes of steel worth around $30 million (£18 million) is being exported to Thailand.
Preparations are underway at Tees Port as the first slabs of steel from the newly re-opened SSI blast furnace are loaded up to be shipped to Thailand.
More than 48,000 tonnes of steel has been produced, with around $30 million (£18 million pounds) worth being loaded now.