SSAB Raahe’s new steel grade makes ships lighter

SSAB Raahe took a step in March toward a lighter and, from an environmental aspect, more sustainable world when maritime classification society DNV GL added the mill’s high-strength steel grade VL 690 to its product approvals. Approval allows the mill to supply the high-strength to the maritime industry.


High-strength VL 690 steel can help ships to become lighter, which in turn means greater fuel economy during their useful life. The special steel of the strength level in question is already being used in demanding transport vehicles and lifting equipment applications, for example.

DNV GL’s approval is a concrete example of the steps that SSAB is taking toward a lighter and more sustainable world.

SSAB Raahe makes around 1,800 different steel grades.