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Ship recycling growth at Teesside delayed

Plans to develop Teesside as a centre of excellence for marine recycling technology looked less likely as ship recycler Able UK announced that nine of 13 controversial US ghosts ships would not be dismantled at its facility due to planning delays.

Work cannot begin until Able UKs site Teesside Environmental Reclamation and Recycling Centre (TERRC) in Graythorp obtains extended planning permission to decommission such ships.

Four ships are already at TERRC and plans are in place to dismantle them. But last year Hartlepool Council refused to give Able UK planning permission. Despite an ongoing appeal against this decision the delays mean that the nine ships not yet in the UK will not be sent over.

Able UK chairman Peter Stephenson said: While we are pleased that we have been able to agree with United States Department of Transportation Maritime Administration that our contract for the recycling of the four vessels berthed at TERRC continues, it is disappointing that, after all the efforts of so many people, the opportunity to bring the additional work, which would have been generated through the other nine vessels, has been lost due to the delay.

The delay resulting from the decisions of Hartlepool Councils planning committee means that we [also] lost the opportunity to recycle the Royal Navy vessel HMS Intrepidwe understand that this work is likely to go to Merseyside.


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