Third 'ghost ship' arrives

The third ship in a so-called "ghost fleet" of toxic US ships has arrived on Teesside. The Canopus docked on Thursday afternoon, with another, the Compass Island, due on Friday.  In stark contract to the arrival of the first vessel, there were no demonstrators to greet the latest ship.

The Canopus is the third ship to arrive at the Able UK dock in Hartlepool, which won the contract to dismantle the ships.

Campaigners say toxic chemicals and asbestos on the ships pose a risk and the Environment Agency has made several pleas for the ships to stay in the US.  But Able UK has said the ships are no more dangerous than current sea-going vessels.

Recycling work

A judicial hearing is due to be held in December to decide weather work can go-ahead.

Ghost HazmatChairman of Able UK, Peter Stephenson, said if all goes well work could start after Christmas.  "The injunction stops us from carrying out any of the recycling works on the ships until the judicial hearing on 8 December.  "Hopefully everything will be cleared up on that day and we can commence work.  "But with it being so close to Christmas now we won't start work until after then."

The Canopus was designed to be a mobile garage, travelling across the world repairing submarines out at sea.

It is about the same length as the other ships but almost twice as high.


Ghost Ship

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