NEW YORK The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) has
approved an agreement with Alabama Steel Terminals LLC (AST) to
develop a $36-million steel coil handling facility at
ASPAs main docks complex in Mobile.
AST will build and operate a 372,600-square-foot
warehouse, which will comprise both open and covered storage
areas for steel coil handling. ASPA director and chief
executive officer James K. Lyons told AMM that the project will
commence after a contract is signed in the next few
days, and that the first phase should be completed
in the next 12 months.
Lyons said construction of the new facility was prompted by
increasing demand from local mills shipping steel coil offshore
via the Port of Mobile, as well as imports entering the port
from Europe and Asia.
Were probably handling over 600,000 tonnes of steel
coil (annually), and we feel our business can grow, Lyons
said. So we feel that having a specialized facility that
could provide quality handling and state-of-the-art inventory
tracking would allow us to serve our customers
The projects first phase will entail the construction of
178,200 square feet of covered bay area, equipped with three
50-ton capacity overhead bridge cranes and capable of handling
an estimated 650,000 tons of steel annually. The facility will
also include 168,000 square feet of open storage yard at the
The second phase of the project will add 194,400 square feet to
the covered bay area, equipped with three additional 50-ton
capacity overhead bridge cranes. Both phases will create
approximately 100 construction-related jobs generating $4
million in payroll and taxes, according to ASPA.
In February 2012, the Port of Mobile announced a $7 million
plan to upgrade a steel-dedicated pier due to rising steel
demand (amm.com, Feb. 29, 2012). Lyons said the $36 million
facility is designed strictly for coil steel and
will handle hot-rolled, cold-rolled, stainless and carbon steel
To some degree, (the projects are) in very close
proximity, Lyons said. This is designed strictly
for coil steel, (the pier) is being designed for sheet pile and
long beams, as well as coil steel.
Lyons added that steel is the ports second-most handled
product behind coal, with more than 4 million tonnes in total
passing through Mobile annually.
AST, a joint venture between TriState Maritime Services, Inc.,
and the Richardson Group of Companies, was one of several
companies that vied to construct the facility.