At the 7th berth of the Mariupol port, the ship "NIZAR" is loaded with cast iron, which will then go to Turkey. These almost 4939 tons - over the past decade, the first batch of such cargo produced by the Ilyich Iron and Steel Works, sent through the port of Mariupol.
Cast iron is rarely handled in the Mariupol port. Cast iron was last seen here in 2013. Then, from March to October, 20,537 tons of products from metallurgical plants of the Donetsk region were shipped in small batches, almost all of it went to Turkey and only about 3 thousand tons to Italy.
Cast iron is one of the types of blast furnace iron, which, in comparison with pig iron, has a higher silicon content. Cast iron has low shrinkage, significant wear resistance, and is easy to machine on metal cutting machines. It is used for finished casting of cast iron products.
The port says that pig iron shipments are handled much more often. It comes from both metallurgical enterprises of Mariupol, destination countries - Italy, Turkey, USA. Pig iron has a low silicon and manganese content. Designed for remelting into steel in steel-making units. By the way, more than 90% of all cast iron in the world is recycled.