Swansea Dry Dock

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Swansea Dry Dock

Post by grimston » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:07 pm

Taken from the Evening Post:



Ship breaking bid is investigated by environment body

By richard youle

ENVIRONMENT Agency Wales is investigating a permit application for a ship breaking and repairing firm, which is due to move into Swansea's dry docks next month.

The agency said the public can put forward their views on the application by Swansea Drydocks.

The company recently won a planning appeal which granted it a certificate to operate at the city's Prince of Wales dock, and said it intends to submit a new application to set up at nearby Phoenix Wharf.

It has said that it intends to invest £4 million at the dry docks and create 85 jobs, including welders and demolition engineers.
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The firm's business development manager, Viv Sloan, said: "We will be making sure the business conforms to the requirements of the Environment Agency."

St Thomas councillor Alan Robinson said people in the area were encouraged about potential jobs, but concerned about ship breaking activities.

"Around 80 per cent of people are against the ship breaking," he said.

Swansea Drydocks, which is owned by an employee of scrap metal firm Dunn Brothers, plans to offer a "cradle to grave" service to shipping firms. Potential clients include the Ministry of Defence, which has said it is impressed with the company's plans.

Swansea Drydocks said laws on where ships can be dismantled are being tightened, with pressure on EU Governments to recycle naval vessels close to home.

Environment Agency Wales will investigate the proposed activities at the dry docks to see if they pose a risk to people and the environment.

Officers will seek information and specialist advice from other organisations before making their decision. They will not consider granting an environmental permit if their investigation proves that it will cause harm.

If the application does meet the criteria, they will insist on strict operating standards and procedures that will be enforced throughout the life of the business.

The agency said the permit application includes the removal of low level radioactive substances.

Swansea Drydocks has told the Post such material related only to onboard equipment such as emergency signs and smoke detectors, which are sources of very low level radioactivity.

Hamish Osborn, of Environment Agency Wales, said: "We are currently investigating what work they plan to do at the site to make sure that it complies with the relevant rules and regulations.

"If we do grant a permit, it will make sure that any work they plan to do will be done in line with the highest environmental standards to protect the surrounding environment and local people."

He added: "All materials from the site will be subject to the most stringent of rules on how they must be treated."

Phone 01792 325571 to view the public register or request a copy of the permit application.

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Re: Swansea Dry Dock

Post by BRIAN MURPHY » Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:44 pm

Harris Pye have been removing all their plant and equipment over recent days,since the Swansea /Cork Ferry Julia completed her refit.

It seems strange that this established operation is leavingthe Dry Dock whilst the new operators have still to obtain permits and licences for their proposed activities.

I hope that ABP have done their homework and that they don't find themselves with a still empty facility.

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Re: Swansea Dry Dock

Post by BRIAN MURPHY » Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:15 pm

Some activity visible at the Dry Dock last week.A few vehicles seen near the gates,and one of the basins was opened last week,and still remains so today.Of course it could just be ABP keeping things ticking over.
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Re: Swansea Dry Dock

Post by BRIAN MURPHY » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:02 pm

It looks as though Swansea Dry Docks Ltd. have commenced their operations at the dry dock complex.They have been carrying out various work around the basinsduring the past 10 days,and yesterday a company advertising board was fixed to the lock gate handrails,Lets hope for some work for them soon.

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Re: Swansea Dry Dock

Post by BRIAN MURPHY » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:12 am

The dry dock quays are currently being surfaced with reinforced conctete paving,which through the glasses looks to be substantial and heavy duty.No ships yet,but the investement they are putting in looks serious indeed.

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Re: Swansea Dry Dock

Post by BRIAN MURPHY » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:10 pm

Local Press reports that Swansea Dry Dock Ltd are about to be graned a licence to operate by the Environment Department,and as the dockside upgrading has been continuing it seems likely then that they will be operational shortly.Their website is now on line as well.

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Re: Swansea Dry Dock

Post by BRIAN MURPHY » Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:16 pm

According to their Company Website their Environmental Licences have now been granted,so presumably they could soon be welcoming some ships.

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Re: Swansea Dry Dock

Post by BRIAN MURPHY » Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:29 pm

The 'Terra Marique' was dry docked by SDL today having been deliverd by the tug Voe Chief.As far as I am aware this is the first project they have undertaken,for the benefit of the Port,and the local economy,hopefully more will follow.

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Re: Swansea Dry Dock

Post by BRIAN MURPHY » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:05 pm

'Research Vessel' Discovery arrived for work at Swansea Dry Docks yesterday morning.

In addition since the Terra Marique was refittedin the early part of the year,they have broken up the SD Tormentor which was towed down from Greenock,where I believe she was a Torpedo Recovery vessel.

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Re: Swansea Dry Dock

Post by vanguard » Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:01 pm

The MOD has sold the frigate HMS CORNWALL to Swansea dry dock . The ship will be recycled. Broken up ?
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Re: Swansea Dry Dock

Post by vanguard » Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:49 pm

The tug that was due to tow ex HMS CORNWALL from Portsmouth to Swansea dry dock this week as been detained by HM Coast guard.
MV Hibernia is Dangerously Unsafe and will sail to her home port for repairs.
The other three frigates will depart for Turkey today.
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Re: Swansea Dry Dock

Post by vanguard » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:43 pm

Ex HMS CORNWALL will arrive at Swansea dry dock 26 October 2013 under tow from Tug Neptun 10.
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