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Teesside ship recyclers wait for snow-delayed vessel

UK snowstorms have delayed the arrival of a French aircraft carrier due to be recycled at a northeast dockyard. The 32,700-tonne ship, Clemenceau, is currently docked in Brest, France waiting to make its way to ship recycler Able UKs yard on Teesside.

According to the company the contract to process the ship, at its specialist Teesside Environmental Reclamation and Recycling Centre, is the largest of its kind in Europe.

Once deconstructed, steel from the vessel could provide a much needed boost for local scrap dealers. Supplies of metal into scrap yards in the region have slowed since the economic downturn.

The contract will also create 200 jobs at TERRC.

A spokesman for Able UK had said they had hoped the vessel would be arriving this week, but added that now seemed unlikely.

Ghost ships

The same company is contracted to recycle four US ghost ships, which attracted some local opposition. However, Hartlepool Councils objections to extend the licence enabling TERRC to process such ships were withdrawn in 2007.

Commenting on standards at the site Able UK development director Neil Etherington said: We provide the best environmental process for dismantling ships.

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