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« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2008, 10:29:44 pm »

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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

Hi Jonathon,
the port of Tyne has had a new facility for accepting scrap by trains ,it is run by a firm called    T J Thompsons.
Her is a link to there website:-
http://www.tjthomson.co.uk/aboutus.htm


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« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2008, 12:36:53 am »

Thanks cawky, I am already aware of them. Thanks anyway.

Yesterday (Monday) I watched The Tug the Carlo Mango, pulling the barge H627 into the Tees. On the shipping reports THPA site is saying the barge is something to do with Able UK. I have sent Coatham a shot of it coming in taken at the Blue Lagoon.
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« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2008, 07:03:12 am »

Hi Jon, i was hoping someone had caught them!
To me it looks like part of a rig, i can see a helicopter pad on there as well and also, what looks like one of them towers they use to flare off.

If you look down the forecast, the barge is due to move to TERRC at a later date.

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« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2008, 08:57:00 pm »

Here are two press releases on Able UK's website.

26-Jun-08 - Able UK Ltd
ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR WORLD-CLASS RECYCLING CENTRE
The final stage in the long-running project to develop Able UKʼs TERRC (Teesside Environmental Reclamation and Recycling Centre) facility at Seaton Port, Graythorp, has now been completed with the announcement from the Environment Agency that it has issued the company’s Waste Management Licence.

Mr Peter Stephenson, Chairman of Able UK, was delighted with the announcement which means that the company is in a position to start work in the near future on a number of vessels already berthed at TERRC—and attract more investment and job opportunities in the future.

Today he commented, “This commonsense decision marks the culmination of almost five years of hard - and at times frustrating - effort. I’m thankful, because it means that we can at last start work – creating jobs and expanding the local skills base in the process.”

Among the vessels that will now be dismantled are four ships from the American National Defence Reserve Fleet and three UK ships at the facility, which is now set to be a world-leader in ship reclamation alongside a wide range of marine-related and renewable energy projects.

The decision vindicates the company’s decision to press ahead with £30 million worth of investment at TERRC including a new 312 metre long deep water quay and cofferdam which will be completed this year allowing the very large dry dock to become operational again.

“While we are pleased that we can finally get started on dismantling these vessels, we have always emphasised that reclamation work is just a fraction of the work TERRC will provide” said Mr Stephenson.

With the largest dry dock in the world, TERRC offers the prospect of Teesside becoming a major centre for construction and ship recycling—meeting both the UK Government and European demands for facilities able to handle the large number of redundant vessels, which will require disposal in the years ahead.

At the same time the facility will be able to handle a wide range of other marine related activities, including construction and repair work and Able UK is also working on attracting business in the renewable energy market, especially wind turbine construction.

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« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2008, 08:58:01 pm »

And today's press release.

01-Jul-08 - Able UK Ltd
MAJOR RECYCLING CONTRACT PROVES TERRC POTENTIAL
Confirmation of the potential for Teesside to become a word-class centre for ship recycling has come again today with the announcement from the French Ministry of Defence that it has awarded the contract for the dismantling of a former aircraft carrier to Able UK Ltd.

It is expected that the vessel, the former Clemenceau—now known as the Q790—will arrive at Able UK’s TERRC (Teesside Environmental Reclamation and Recycling Centre) at Able Seaton Port, Graythorp, later this summer and remediation and recycling work will take place alongside other vessels already berthed at the facility—including four vessels from the American National Defense Reserve Fleet and three UK ships.

Launched in 1957, the Clemenceau was the mainstay of the French naval fleet and sailed over a million nautical miles before being decommissioned in 1997. The vessel is 238m long with a beam of 31.7m. When fully loaded she weighed 32,700 tons.

Said Mr Stephenson “We have always reasoned that, given the opportunity, TERRC would lead the way in recycling ships to the highest possible environmental standards, this has been underlined with the decision by the French authorities that we should undertake the work on the Clemenceau which will be the biggest ship recycling project so far handled by any European yard.

“With the largest dry dock in the world, we can easily undertake the work on the Clemenceau and other vessels at TERRC whilst continuing with other projects, such as the assembly work for the SeaDragon semi submersible drilling rig project and construction of wind turbines. Since gaining planning approval last November, we have moved rapidly ahead with developing the facility—for instance our two new deep water quays 10 & 11, which are 312m long providing up to 20m of water, will be complete this year.

The granting of our Waste Management Licence, the clearance by the Health and Safety Executive for the Q790 and the confirmation of the award of the Q790 contract justify the huge efforts and resources that have been invested in this area at the forefront of an industry which has enormous potential for growth in the years ahead.

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« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2008, 09:06:01 pm »

Late this summer?

I hope its August time!

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« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2008, 04:33:09 pm »

Re barges on the Tees , this may well be part of the NW Hutton platform.

From BP Website:

The heavy lift vessel Hermod, operated by Heerema Marine Contractors, is now on location at the North West Hutton installation to carry out the removal of the platform’s topsides modules this summer. The modules will be shipped by barge to the Able UK facility on Teesside for recycling and disposal.
There are 22 separate modules ranging in weight from a few hundred tonnes up to almost 3,000 tonnes and the Hermod will use a “reverse installation” method to remove the modules.

http://www.bp.com/subsection.do?categoryId=9022087&contentId=7040883
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« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2008, 04:42:46 pm »

Hi All

This piece from the BBC News Web Site:

"Ghost ship firm to scrap carrier

A French aircraft carrier which was too toxic to break up in India is to be scrapped by a firm embroiled in a row over so-called US "ghost ships".

Hartlepool-based Able UK said the deal to scrap the 32,700-tonne Clemenceau is the biggest of its kind in Europe.

The vessel contains 700 tonnes of asbestos and was recalled to France from India in 2006 amid concerns over its toxic elements.

Able overcame environmental concerns over its recycling plans last month.

The company is due to begin recycling work on the 780ft-long (238 metre) vessel later this year.

President Jacques Chirac had to call the ship back from India two years ago after the furious Socialist opposition embarrassed him over the decision to send France's waste abroad while "lecturing the world on the environment".

The Clemenceau, once the pride of the French navy, has spent the past five years being moved around as officials tried to find a final resting place for the vessel.

Launched in 1957, the Clemenceau was the mainstay of the French naval fleet and sailed over a million nautical miles before being decommissioned in 1997.

Work on the Clemenceau will take place alongside existing contracts to scrap four vessels from the American National Defense Reserve Fleet.

The company faced tough opposition to its recycling plans, but was given final approval by the Environment Agency last week.

Able UK chairman Peter Stephenson said: "We have always argued that, given the opportunity, we would lead the way in recycling ships to the highest possible environmental standards.

"This has been underlined with the decision by the French authorities that we should undertake the work on the Clemenceau, which will be the biggest ship recycling project so far handled by any European yard."

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/england/tees/7484758.stm

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« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2008, 04:42:50 pm »

Hi Andy, thanks for the update.

I thought the sections of rig were part of the 'Phillips Maureen' rig.

22 seperate modules, i wonder if it will be the same barge each time or 22 differant vessels. Looks like we will be seeing more large barges.

Where is the NW Hutton Platform?

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« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2008, 04:54:30 pm »

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Hi Nathan

The NW Hutton Field lies within the Brent Province of the East Shetland Basin and is located in Block 211/27, 130 km NE of the Shetland Islands.

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« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2008, 04:54:49 pm »

I think you will be seeing a lot of barges. The jacket is over 140m tall - currently located 130km North East of Shetland.Some good pics and stats  here:
http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/STAGING/global_assets/downloads/S/6th_Febuary_2003_presentation.pdf
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« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2008, 08:41:56 pm »

Hi Andy & Steve,
                        Will the entire jacket be brought down, or in pieces?

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« Reply #27 on: July 03, 2008, 12:33:21 am »

It will be interesting to watch how it comes down.

Talk is the French Aircraft Carrier could be here within the next 2 months. I have 2 weeks holiday from work in August. I wonder if it will coincide then. Please.

I wonder how long before work starts on the building of the railway lines/ sidings for the scrap trains. I have heard that start of work on dismantling the US ships could start within the next 2- 4 weeks. I'd be happy to see more of the "Ghost fleet" come to Graythorpe.

Should hopefully be updating my website in the next week or so. To include a section on Able UK's, Graythorpe arrivals and hopefully some shots when dismantling starts.

Just thought on could the arrival be the end of July, but divert it first. So it could be a backdrop for the Sunderland Airshow 26/27th July. Its only just up the coast. One last public display but she meets her maker.    :lol:  :lol:
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« Reply #28 on: July 03, 2008, 03:24:27 pm »

Hi Jon, i to hope it is in August time!

I see another barge is due, probably another module from the rig...

I wonder if the port of Brest has a arrival/departure sheet?

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« Reply #29 on: July 03, 2008, 04:04:19 pm »

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Just thought on could the arrival be the end of July, but divert it first. So it could be a backdrop for the Sunderland Airshow 26/27th July. Its only just up the coast. One last public display but she meets her maker.  


Hi Jon

With the potential demonstrations that are likely to take place about the arrival of this vessel from environmentalists I doubt very much if the 'authorities' would want it sat off Sunderland. Anyway, the 'back drop' Royal Naval presence is there for safety purposes, in case one of the aircraft ditches. I think gone are the days when this French Aircraft carrier could provide that service  :lol:

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