Stricken cruise liner could be towed to Middlesbrough

NORTH-EAST BOUND? The stricken Costa Concordia

NORTH-EAST BOUND? The stricken Costa Concordia

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STRICKEN cruise liner the Costa Concordia could be towed back to the North-East for demolition, it is understood.

Twelve ports, including ABLE Middlesbrough on the River Tees, as well as others in Italy, Norway, Turkey, France and the Netherlands, are in contention for the work.

The team leading the Costa Concordia salvage operation has revealed they will begin removing the stricken cruise liner from near the Italian island of Giglio in June.

Thirty-two people died when the ship crashed into a reef in 2012 and capsized. 

The job of dismantling and recycling the vessel has been put out to tender which is being overseen by London Offshore Consultants.

It is hoped the salvage team will have made a final decision on a port for the ship to be towed to by early March.

- More details to follow.

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1:17pm Fri 10 Jan 14

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

Only a fool would bet on this happening.
Only a fool would bet on this happening. thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth
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2:36pm Fri 10 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

Or an optimist? But isn't it sad that we don't build ships anymore? Cruise ships are built in Finland, Italy, Germany and France. High wage economies all of them.
Or an optimist? But isn't it sad that we don't build ships anymore? Cruise ships are built in Finland, Italy, Germany and France. High wage economies all of them. David Lacey
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1:26pm Sat 11 Jan 14

FirTreeFC says...

No reason why it cannot come to a reputable company like Able UK. With its high profile nature and with LOC overseeing the process it has a very good chance if the quote is competitive and can compete against other european subsidies. Unfortunately, like Dave mentioned we do not build ships like other european countries, that supported their shipyards financially. Maggie Thatcher told us shipping was a thing of the past and not worth supporting, we could all work in call centres. Well just like us seafarers replaced by filipinos and indians in the 80/90s , those in call centres are seeing their jobs moved overseas. A different kind of "Flagging Out"
No reason why it cannot come to a reputable company like Able UK. With its high profile nature and with LOC overseeing the process it has a very good chance if the quote is competitive and can compete against other european subsidies. Unfortunately, like Dave mentioned we do not build ships like other european countries, that supported their shipyards financially. Maggie Thatcher told us shipping was a thing of the past and not worth supporting, we could all work in call centres. Well just like us seafarers replaced by filipinos and indians in the 80/90s , those in call centres are seeing their jobs moved overseas. A different kind of "Flagging Out" FirTreeFC
  • Score: 0

6:03pm Sun 12 Jan 14

simon cowells pants says...

David Lacey wrote:
Or an optimist? But isn't it sad that we don't build ships anymore? Cruise ships are built in Finland, Italy, Germany and France. High wage economies all of them.
Italy has far lower labour costs than the UK, whilst Finland, Germany and France pay people a living wage in comparison to this country.
[quote][p][bold]David Lacey[/bold] wrote: Or an optimist? But isn't it sad that we don't build ships anymore? Cruise ships are built in Finland, Italy, Germany and France. High wage economies all of them.[/p][/quote]Italy has far lower labour costs than the UK, whilst Finland, Germany and France pay people a living wage in comparison to this country. simon cowells pants
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