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.
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Kerrie Gosney brings you Monday night's forecast
North East parents are most likely to raid their children's piggy banks to pay for things such as parking, takeaways and the tooth fairy.
Warmer air feeds in from the south as this week progresses. Temperatures into the high teens by the end of the week