Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Safety Study on Yard Plan

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Safety Study on Yard Plan

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Byline: By Peter Young

A health and safety study will have to be carried out before council chiefs support plans to break up condemned ships on the Tyne.

The project promises to create hundreds of jobs but it first needs a clean bill of health.

Newcastle City Council leaders say an environmental impact assessment will be needed before a decision is taken.

Dutch company Ecodock wants to open the recycling centre at the A&P Tyne yard on the boundary between Newcastle and North Tyneside.

The pounds 40m scheme is expected to create 400 jobs initially, then up to 1,000 within a year.

Old ships can contain potentially dangerous materials, such as asbestos but the company says the work would be carried out in an environmentally-friendly way.

The scheme has the support of the Tyne shipyard industry, while Greenpeace says it is in favour of the safe decommissioning of redundant vessels.

A working group has been set up to look into the feasibility which includes Newcastle City Council, part-owners of the yard. …

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