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Former Navy ship arrives at docks

HMS Intrepid
HMS Intrepid will be recycled at Canada Dock

A former Royal Navy assault ship which served in the Falklands War has arrived in the Port of Liverpool.

The 12,000 tonne HMS Intrepid was due to arrive in Canada Dock on Monday, but finally arrived on Wednesday.

It is due to be dismantled and recycled by a team of 50 dock workers over a period of five months.

Some dock workers have refused to work on the project for health and safety reasons, but the ship's owners said it would comply with strict guidelines.

The ship is owned by Leavesley International, which will also carry out the work.

There is no shortage of ships out there waiting to be responsibly dealt with
Leavesley International

The firm has secured both Liverpool City Council planning permission and the Environment Agency's Waste Management Licence.

Stuart Halsey, Project Leader and Head of Business Development for Leavesley International, said it would be the first of many ships to be recycled in Liverpool.

"There is no shortage of ships out there waiting to be responsibly dealt with," he said.

"Their recycling is an inherently sustainable activity where over 95% of the vessel's material can be reprocessed.

"We see Leavesley International being a permanent fixture in the Port of Liverpool."

Frank Robotham, Marketing Director of Peel Ports Group, which owns and operates the Port of Liverpool, said: "The decision by Leavesley to locate this innovative recycling contract in the Port of Liverpool grafts another centre of excellence onto an already vibrant maritime sector."

HMS Intrepid was built in 1964, decommissioned in 1991 and earmarked for disposal in 1999.

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