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HMS Intrepid first to be disposed of

The HMS Intrepid will be the first Royal Navy vessel to be disposed of in accordance with recently published guidance on ship recycling.

Leavesley International has been selected as preferred bidder by the Ministry of Defence Disposal Services Agency (DSA) to carry out the work in accordance with notes from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

A DSA spokesman said: I am delighted that, following an intense competition, Leavesley International has been selected as the preferred bidder. The way is now clear to move forward to awarding a contract, so we can deliver a responsible and sustainable solution to the Royal Navy.

In addition this ground breaking project will go some considerable way in achieving the objectives and aspirations outlined in the Defra UK ship recycling strategy.

A plan for the responsible disposal of UK flagged end-of-life ships had been developed by the DSA and Defra after a lengthy period of public consultation. The Intrepid will also be the first disposed of under the Green Passport Scheme adopted by the International Maritime Organisation.

Leavesley International project leader and head and business development Stuart Halsey said: The recycling of ships is an inherently sustainable activity where over 95% of the ships material can be recycled.

HMS Intrepid is a typical example and Leavesley International will ensure that every effort will be made to recycle or reuse everything that is not genuine waste.

The vessel, which is currently located in Portsmouth Harbour, will be dismantled in the UK in accordance with the Basel Convention on the cross border shipment of waste.

Negotiations will now take place with the preferred bidder aimed at awarding a contract in Spring of this year.

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