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« on: June 26, 2008, 12:18:31 pm »

From Hartlepool Mail Website:
ABLE UK - the firm behind the ghost ships - has been granted a waste management licence to dismantle the former US navy ships.Work could now start 'within weeks' following the announcement and bosses say it will attract more jobs and investment in the future.The waste management licence authorises the keeping, treating, or disposal of controlled waste and will allow the company to dismantle ships and marine structures including oil rigs at its facility in Graythorp.Peter Stephenson, chairman of Able UK, said: "I'm thankful, because it means that, within a matter of weeks, we can start work – creating jobs and expanding the local skills base in the process.Able UK have also been granted permission to import a French ship containing 700 tonnes of asbestos to Hartlepool by the Health and Safety Executive.The French ship Q790, formerly the Clemenceau, will now be dismantled at Able UK's Teesside Environmental Reclamation and Recycling Centre (TERRC).
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2008, 02:46:13 pm »

Hi, thanks for that!

Finally, they have permisson!

I am looking forward to seeing the aircraft carrier, Clemenceau on the tees...

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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2008, 03:34:02 pm »

Very good news for shipspotters as there should be some interesting ships coming in. Lots of jobs for Teesside too.
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2008, 03:48:59 pm »

Hi Nathan

Nice looking ship - see http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=517427

Interesting history since she was decommissioned:

In December 2004, before Clemenceau set sail for India, Greenpeace started protesting against France's plans to outsource the scrapping of the 27,000-ton warship laden with toxins such as asbestos, PCBs, lead, mercury, and other toxic chemicals in India in violation of the Basel Convention.

On 31 December 2005 Clemenceau left the French port of Toulon to be dismantled in Alang, Gujarat, India.

On 6 January 2006 the Supreme Court of India temporarily denied access to Alang. [2]

On 12 January 2006 the ship reached Egypt, where she was boarded by two Greenpeace activists. [3] Egyptian authorities denied access to the Suez Canal.

On 15 January the ship was finally allowed to pass. This decision was heavily criticised by Greenpeace and other environmental groups. [4] That same day French President Jacques Chirac ordered Clemenceau to return to French waters and remain on standby following a ruling by France's highest administrative court, the Conseil d'État.[5]

Clemenceau is expected to remain for some time in the naval port at Brest, where she arrived in May 2006.

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2008, 04:19:04 pm »

Hi Steve, thanks for the info!

I hope see come at a time which is good for all of us on the Tees! Will you be paying a visit?

I wonder how long its going to take for them to tow here up here...

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2008, 04:41:05 pm »

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I hope see come at a time which is good for all of us on the Tees! Will you be paying a visit? I wonder how long its going to take for them to tow here up here...
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Hi Nathan

Oh I'm sure I could manage a trip down to the South Gare to take in the spectacle  :lol:

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2008, 04:48:39 pm »

Hi Steve, well lets hope she is forecast FIRM well before hand!

Knowing my luck it will be a 2am arrival!
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2008, 01:12:42 pm »

Yes it is very good news that Able have been given the licences. It is a shame that it has taken this long meaning that the local economy has missed out on £millions.

At least now they can get on with the work. Bringing huge number of jobs and spin off jobs to the area, making a huge economic boost to an area which is in need of the boost.

It will be great to be able (sorry, no pun intended) to see great ships coming into the Tees, albeit on their very last voyage.
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2008, 01:15:27 pm »

Hi Jon, i came over to Hartlepool again yesterday (28th).

There seemed to be alot of movement around the ghost ships, plenty of machinery and cranes,  looks like there getting ready to get under way!

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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2008, 08:10:18 pm »

So Coatham when are you in Hartlepool next?will you be here next Sat morning if so i have a suprise for you!
The info you asked for is................Kingston from Poole (Tug) pulling B72 Sliedrecht NL split hopper..........Forth Drummer (Tug)from Leith pulling Roar.R split hopper..Hope this helps... :-D  8-)
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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2008, 08:25:40 pm »

Thanks for the info!

I seen B - 72 on the River Today.

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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2008, 08:53:34 pm »

Dont forget your camera!!!!! :-P
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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2008, 08:58:56 pm »

I wont! :-D
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« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2008, 11:41:02 pm »

I had a drive along earlier this evening after dropping my sister off at home. There seems to be a lot more stuff in there now. It has been building up since they got the planning permission.

Interesting that the plans include railway sidings to be built for taking the scrao away. I wonder where these trains will be destined for and how many trains a week there will be.
Best shot of the ships in dock so far.
http://www.jhphotos.co.uk/html/january_2008_11.html

Next Saturday Im working 0700- 1600. Coatham, if you are over this way next Saturday. It is the Hartlepool Maritime Festival. I think I read somewhere there might be a tall ship (or two) visiting, that is if I read it right. lol
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2008, 06:38:37 am »

Hi Jon, well if its the maritime festival no doubt it will be packed!
I might pop over...

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