Audio slideshow: Where ships go to die

The former flagship of the French navy - the aircraft carrier Clemenceau - is on its way to Hartlepool on Teesside to be broken down for recycling in the world's biggest dry dock.

But dismantling the Clemenceau will be both a technically complicated and environmentally controversial process - because there is potentially lethal asbestos on board.

BBC Radio 5 Live met the Chairman and Chief Executive of Able UK, Peter Stephenson, whose company is carrying out the work at Seaton Port.

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Music: Multiplex composed by Andy Clark.
Photos by Anna Lee, Jacques Carney and AFP.
Slideshow production by Anna Lee and Paul Kerley.
Publication date 6 February 2009.

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