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U.S. ship docks in England to protest

HARTLEPOOL, England, Nov. 12 Demonstrators gathered outside a ship-breaking yard Wednesday to protest the arrival of the first of four aging U.S. Navy vessels sent to England for scrapping. "These ships are decrepit, decayed and contain significant amounts of hazardous waste. This is already a highly polluted environment and people here don't want any more," said Tony Juniper, executive director of Friends of the Earth, the environmental group which has led protests against the ships.
U.S. Caloosahatchee is towed to a dockside facility near Hartlepool, England.
U.S. Caloosahatchee is towed to a dockside facility near Hartlepool, England.
U.S. ship docks in England to protest
It and other 'ghost fleet' vessels have asbestos, PCBs

(there was a photo here, but I dont think I know how to post it here - I hope this works)

The U.S. Navy vessel Caloosahatchee is towed Wednesday to a dockside facility near Hartlepool, England.

HARTLEPOOL, England, Nov. 12 Demonstrators gathered outside a ship-breaking yard Wednesday to protest the arrival of the first of four aging U.S. Navy vessels sent to England for scrapping. "These ships are decrepit, decayed and contain significant amounts of hazardous waste. This is already a highly polluted environment and people here don't want any more," said Tony Juniper, executive director of Friends of the Earth, the environmental group which has led protests against the ships.

'We should get (Prime Minister Tony) Blair to ask (President) Bush when he comes on his visit to take the ships back.'
CAROLINE SPELMAN
Conservative Party lawmaker

THE 58-year-old Caloosahatchee was towed into the ABLE U.K. Ltd. yard, with the equally aged tanker Canisteo a day behind.
A court order prevents ABLE U.K. from beginning immediate dismantling. The British government last week said the Caloosahatchee and Canisteo would be given temporary shelter in Hartlepool for the winter, but they would have to go back to the United States eventually.
Two other ships, the 1965-vintage submarine tender Canopus and the 1953 cargo ship Compass Island, would not be allowed to dock, British Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett said. However, they were still being towed toward Britain.

TOWN REACTION
"To ship asbestos halfway around the world to bury it here in my town near my kids is just not fair," said Barbara Crosbie, who was among 15 local people who joined a Friends of the Earth news conference.
Caroline Spelman, an opposition Conservative Party lawmaker, said "dreadful mistakes have been made, and possible breaches of the law."
Referring to next week's planned state visit by President Bush, Spelman said: "We should get (Prime Minister Tony) Blair to ask Bush when he comes on his visit to take the ships back."
But some in Hartlepool welcomed the economic boost.
"I say let them get on with the job and create a bit of employment in the area instead of poverty," said Malcolm McLeary, a former shipyard worker.
"I am not worried about the effect this could have on my children and their children, if they can contain the asbestos and whatever else, I have got no worries about them dismantling it," McLeary said.

SOME DISMANTLED IN U.S.
The U.S. Maritime Administration has disposed of a number of ships from the reserve "ghost fleet" stored on the James River in Virginia.
ABLE U.K. was the winning bidder to break up 13 ships, though nine are now forbidden from moving because of a U.S. court order.
Three other ships have recently been taken to facilities in the United States for scrapping, without any reports of controversy.

Peter Stephenson, managing director of ABLE U.K. Ltd., said Tuesday the vessels did contain asbestos but said the level of banned PCBs was not significant.
He said he was confident of resolving the dispute.
"We have got a number of legal advisers and at the moment everything we are hearing is fully supportive of our position," he told a news conference. "We feel very comfortable."

source: msnbc.com ( http://www.msnbc.com/news/988971.asp?0bl=-0)
It worked! 13.Nov.2003 15:44

AJ

Yay! I did it. Got the photo to work. Neat.

Please bring the ships to portland for scrapping! 13.Nov.2003 17:36

Red Suspenders

The Schnitzers got their start cutting up navy ships after WWII , I think, and brought all kinds of wealth to the Portland area.

We could certianly use the work here. Unemployed chip fab workers could once again put on thier bunny suits- This time to keep out the dirt!
No, seriously, one of the great tragedies of our time here in our neck of the woods is the loss of many traditional industries to outsourcing. Remember when the giant taxpayer built dry-dock left town, some corporation profited from the loss of our work. And Nafta? The democrats have done nothing to stop it- that's why I belong to the green party.