VIDEO: Brutal way to scrap a ship as team beaches 26,000 ton Pride of Calais at breakers on purpose

The Northern Echo: A brutal way to scrap a ship A brutal way to scrap a ship

For more than 20 years, the MS Pride of Calais plied her way across the English channel disgorging thousands of motorists and holidaymakers in France.

These days things aren't looking quite so rosy.

Forlorn and unwanted, the 26,000 tonne ship lies beached in a Turkish breakers yard awaiting her destruction.

The Pride of Calais served on the cross-Channel route from 1987 to 2012. Last year she sailed between Ramsgate and Ostend before being send to the scrap yard in October.

Dismantling such a large ship is a specialist job that takes hundreds of men several months.

The best way to scrap a ship is to do it on dry land - and the specialists at the breakers yard in Aliaga, Turkey, have a spectacularly brutal method.

Just watch the video below: 

 

 

 

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9:10am Mon 27 Jan 14

Ally F says...

An environmentally wreckless way of starting the ships' scrapping. Could release uncontrolled amounts heavy oils and pollutants held in the bilge directly into the sea.

Probably breaks almost every health and safety and environmental protection law the EU has ever produced. Laws which, if Turkey joined the EU, they would be obliged to adopt.

Reputable companies such as Abel in Hartlepool cannot compete commercially on a level playing field with the idiots and cowboys who operate like this. They would use a dry dock and proper control and disposal of any hazardous waste.

Maybe The Northern Echo can contact Abel for their views on whether this is a responsible means of ship disposal...
An environmentally wreckless way of starting the ships' scrapping. Could release uncontrolled amounts heavy oils and pollutants held in the bilge directly into the sea. Probably breaks almost every health and safety and environmental protection law the EU has ever produced. Laws which, if Turkey joined the EU, they would be obliged to adopt. Reputable companies such as Abel in Hartlepool cannot compete commercially on a level playing field with the idiots and cowboys who operate like this. They would use a dry dock and proper control and disposal of any hazardous waste. Maybe The Northern Echo can contact Abel for their views on whether this is a responsible means of ship disposal... Ally F
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