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« Reply #30 on: April 08, 2008, 09:42:51 am »

Looks they don't have to scrap the ship. The sea is as well able to do this in time...Thanks for the interesting picture updates!
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« Reply #31 on: April 10, 2008, 04:42:00 pm »

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I see that an announcement has been made that the stricken Riverdance will now be demolished on the beach - this piece from the BBC Web Site:

 Stricken ferry to be dismantled

A ferry stranded off the Blackpool coast is to be dismantled on the beach, officials have decided.

Riverdance ran aground off the Lancashire coast in January after being hit by a freak wave as it sailed from Northern Ireland to Heysham.

After several failed efforts to refloat the vessel by owners, Seatruck Ferries, the firm said it will never sail again.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has now said that the ferry will be dismantled and the parts recycled.

The process is expected to take between 12 and 14 weeks.

A total of 23 people were airlifted to safety - 19 crew and four passengers when the 6,000-ton vessel ran aground.

It has since become a popular tourist attraction as people from across the UK visit Blackpool to see the ferry, which is stuck fast on its side.

It is estimated that about 4m (4.4yards) of the ferry's wheelhouse is under the sand.

The vessel will now be stripped down internally until only the shell remains.

The hull will then be cut into manageable pieces and transported for recycling, the MCA said.

Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State's Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP), said the operation would cause "minimum disruption" in the area.

The original plan to refloat the Riverdance was abandoned after it was battered by storms last month, causing it to list further and sink deeper into the sand.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/england/lancashire/7340904.stm

The UK Maritime and Coatguard Agency (MCA) Press Release is:

Press Notice No: 096-08
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Posted 13:36 GMT

RO-RO RIVERDANCE TO BE DISMANTLED ON SITE

After a lengthy evaluation process, the owner of the Riverdance ferry, now lying on Blackpool beach, has produced plans to dismantle the ship in situ on the grounds that this represents the best option available in the interests of safety and protecting the environment.

Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of States Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP), has been involved throughout and has informed the owner that he has no objection to the plans.

Weather permitting, it is estimated that the project will take approximately 12-14 weeks.

Options examined ranged from righting the vessel (known as par-buckling), cutting up in situ or a combination of both. The preferred method will involve cargo, trailer and machinery removal, including any debris and any pollutants, whilst maintaining the integrity of the hull. The vessel will be stripped down internally until only the shell remains. The hull will then be cut into manageable pieces and transported for recycling.

The Environment Group have been advised as well as Defra, the Environment Agency, the Marine and Fisheries Agency and Natural England. All parties (including Defra, the Environment Agency, the Environment Group, the Marine and Fisheries Agency and Natural England) recognise that, due to the uncertainty and technical difficulties of righting the vessel, cutting up in situ is now the best option.

Until the new contract for demolition is awarded, SMIT Salvage remain on contract to carry out caretaking duties only.

Hugh Shaw said

I look forward to being able to brief officers and elected members of the local authorities to explain how and why the forthcoming works will be carried out. I also look forward to working closely with all interested organisations such as the police and local transport services to ensure that minimum disruption is caused to residents and local people.

The original plan to reduce the list using tidal and internal buoyancy was abandoned due to the additional structural damage sustained during storms on 12 March. The vessel remains lying on the beach with a list of 100 + degrees. In addition the vessel continues to sink deeper into the sand. It is estimated that at least 4 metres of the bridge / wheelhouse is now under the sand.

On Thursday 31 January 2008, the vessels crew, on passage from Warren Point to Heysham, reported that she had developed a 40 degree list and was drifting towards the Lancashire coast. The vessel subsequently grounded at Cleveleys Beach, North Shore, Blackpool.

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« Reply #32 on: April 11, 2008, 07:11:56 pm »

Salvage job goes to local company.

Heysham based Hancock's Contractors will undertake the task of
dismantling the Riverdance.

Tony Redding, spokesman for Seatruck Ltd, said "There are 2,600 tonnes
of steel in the structure in total. The ship will be cut up using
powerful shearing machines and the small sections will be taken away to
a recycling plant in Liverpool.

For more details of how the ship will be cut up see:

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/blackpoolnews/Final-death-knell-for-Riverdance.3970830.jp

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1044927_ferry_to_be_dismantled?rss=yes

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« Reply #33 on: April 11, 2008, 07:38:04 pm »

Love the prose in the Blackpool newspaper articles - 'sea ferry'.  :-D

Seriously though, it's not surprising they have had to resort to cutting her up in situ.
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« Reply #34 on: May 17, 2008, 09:18:12 am »

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I see from the BBC News Web Site that there has been a fire on the Riverdance - here is the story courtesy of http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/lancashire/7406105.stm

 Fire breaks out on stricken ship

Demolition workers have been evacuated from a ferry grounded on a beach near Blackpool after fire broke out.

The blaze began at about 0420 BST in a tractor unit of a lorry in the hold of the Riverdance, which ran aground off the Lancashire coast in January.

More than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze on the ship off Cleveleys, but had to withdraw as the tide rose.

The ship, which is on its side and has sunk into the sand, is being taken apart. Up to 30 workers were evacuated.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "No persons are reported to be injured and all workmen on the vessel were evacuated.

"The tide is now rising and the firemen have withdrawn to the promenade."

Fire crews from Fleetwood, Bispham, Blackpool and St Annes are at the scene, where it is hoped the blaze will burn itself out.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

The Riverdance had been heading from Northern Ireland to Heysham, Lancashire, when it was hit by a freak wave on 31 January.

Twenty-three people, including four passengers, were rescued by the RAF from the stricken vessel.

Tourists flocked to the area for the sight of the sinking, tilted ship while the authorities tried to decide what to do with it.

Although it was initially hoped the ferry could be refloated, the decision was taken to break it up.

Salvagers started preparatory work to dismantle the ship, which was expected to take 12 to 14 weeks, on 2 May.

Up to 30 workers from Hancock's Contractors Ltd, based in Heysham, were on board when the fire broke out.

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« Reply #35 on: June 01, 2008, 02:10:00 pm »

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Found this Press Release on the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) web site @ http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga07-home/newsandpublications/press-releases.htm?id=80150D8C47E80906&m=5&y=2008

Press Notice No: 152/08
Friday, May 30, 2008
Posted 11:18 GMT

RIVERDANCE PROGRESS ON DISMANTLING

All cargo and trailers have now been removed from the Riverdance, and the spring tidal cycle progression over the next 10 days will allow lengthy periods of time to work on the vessel over the low water periods.

Over the next few days the outline of the vessel to the observer ashore will change. The stern section and the bow section along with the port side ballast tanks will start to disappear and reduce the overall outline of the `Riverdance considerably. Work will continue inside the vessel cleaning and clearing the engine.

Donald McDonald, Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer said

Very good progress has been achieved to date and the overall project remains on schedule, which is a credit to the work done by both Contractors; Hancocks and PGC.

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« Reply #36 on: June 01, 2008, 06:06:49 pm »

Here is a link to some photos taken this week:-

http://trampics.fotopic.net/c1452168_121.html
Courtesy of Maritime Matters Trampics
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« Reply #37 on: June 08, 2008, 10:21:21 am »

This is the latest photo of Riverdance , from the Tampics website:-

http://trampics.fotopic.net/p51047077.html
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« Reply #38 on: June 08, 2008, 10:30:00 am »

Hi Brian

Question - is Blackpool the UK's Alang  :-o

This from the Blackpool's Gazette on line @ http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/blackpoolnews/Last-dance-for-Riverdance-ferry.4161682.jp

"Last dance for Riverdance ferry

Published Date: 07 June 2008
By Julia Bennett

WORK to cut up the Riverdance ferry is gathering speed with the bow section set to be removed over the weekend.
Salvage and demolition crews have been taking advantage of the fair weather to cut away parts of the stern and the steering gear.

The next step is to set to work on removing the bow section of the stricken vessel.

Rosie Tapping, spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: "We are content with the progress that is being made concerning the salvage of the vessel, which is continuing steadily thanks to the fair weather and good team effort from the salvage and demolition workers.

"Currently parts of the stern are being cut off and the intention is to remove the steering gear later today. The bow section will also be cut away over the next few days."

Heysham-based demolition experts Hancock's Contractors were appointed in April to undertake the salvage operation after a series of different attempts to re-float the vessel failed.

Two months of efforts to move the Riverdance were sabotaged largely by bad weather.

Hancock's put together a detailed plan of action which has included removing the remaining cargo, before tackling the upper decks and finally the hull of the boat.

The work, being carried out between tides, is due to be completed by the end of June. Hancock's has pledged to reinstate the beach and Promenade once the salvage operation has been completed.

Riverdance has attracted thousands of people to the coastline at Anchorsholme since she ran aground on February 1 during a storm. Emergency services managed to get all crew and passengers safely off the vessel."

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« Reply #39 on: June 21, 2008, 12:53:12 pm »

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I see that the Blackpool Gazette is hosting a gallery of photographs covering the Riverdance saga @ http://www2.blackpooltoday.co.uk/gallery_rd_fer/

Well worth a visit.

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« Reply #40 on: July 12, 2008, 08:18:35 am »

Hi All

A good video clip of the demolition of the Riverdance can be seen @ RIVERDANCE VIDEO

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