Scrap metal shipper rejects calls to halt port operations

Stonerock Shipping Corp. says its Palm Beach operation does not violate the company's permit.

July 1, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Stonerock Shipping Corp., which operates at the Port of Palm Beach, Florida, has received and rejected a cease-and-desist letter sent from the City of Riviera Beach, Florida. In the letter, sent during the middle of June, the city recognized that Stonerock had violated terms of its permit. The city is looking for the company to shut down its operations by the end of June.

However, a spokeswoman for the Port of Palm Beach says the port has rejected the cease-and-desist order, saying that the company does not conduct any processing at the location. Stonerock’s work at the port focuses only on loading break bulk vessels with scrap metal that is already processed, the spokeswoman says. The raw material is trucked to the 500-square-foot space at the port, where Stonerock loads the material into vessels.

“They are in full compliance with their permit,” the spokesperson says. “Basically, everything they told us they would do they are doing.”

Continuing, she points out that the port has contacted the city and stressed that terms of the ordinance do not apply to the operation as they are solely loading the material onto bulk vessels.

The company has been operating at the site for nearly one year. Since opening, Stonerock has loaded two break bulk vessels. The company signed a lease with the port that will run for 40 years with an option to extend the contract even further once those terms end.

According to local press reports, the city also expressed concerns that stormwater runoff problems and the issue of wind blowing some of the scrap metal into surrounding neighborhoods could be problematic.

A spokesperson for Stonerock chose not to comment on the issue.