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Planning row firm seeks pay-out
US ghost fleet
Able UK also wants to dismantle the so-called US "ghost ships"
A firm has said it will pursue costs from a council if it loses two multi-million pound contracts.

Able UK has recently won orders to construct concrete sections for the new Tyne Tunnel and build two oil platforms at its Graythorp Yard on Teesside.

The firm said it may lose the orders if planning permission to upgrade the yard is not given by the end of this month.

Hartlepool Council deferred the application last week and declined to comment on the compensation bid.

Able UK said the upgrading work had to begin soon in order to allow it to start work on the tow orders by next summer.

Last year, the company's application to dismantle so-called US "ghost ships" at the yard was rejected and a planning inquiry is on-going.

'Crystal clear'

Able has since revised its proposals to do the work at Graythorp, including three planning applications and consent to work with hazardous substances.

Able UK chairman Peter Stephenson said: "Time after time the so-called 'environmentalists' try to claim that all we want to do at our facility is scrap ships and dump huge amounts of waste into the Seaton Meadows disposal site.

"I want to make it crystal clear - that is not true.

"We have some key contracts available, including the manufacture of four 10,000 tonnes concrete sections for the new Tyne Tunnel.

"Of course, we shall be claiming whatever reimbursement is open to us."



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