The Clemenceau is being dismantled alongside other former naval vessels
A European environmental group has praised the dismantling of a former French aircraft carrier on Teesside.
The Clemenceau, now known as the Q790, was rejected by India and Egypt as being too toxic, and is being broken up and recycled near Hartlepool.
Able UK has been carrying out the work at Graythorp, one of Europe's largest dry docks, since February.
Following a visit, environmental group Robin Des Bois described the £8.75m project as "positive and pioneering".
Asbestos-related material has been removed from the 32,700-tonne vessel.
This process was reviewed by Robin Des Bois, which later said in a statement: "The dismantling of the former Clemenceau is a positive and pioneering operation in Europe in the technical and information fields.
"It is also an exemplary operation for the cross-border transfer of waste, which is carried out under the framework of the Basle Convention."
Neil Etherington, Able UK's group development director, said the removal of the asbestos had been a complex and intricate operation, but work was soon to begin on the stern section.
He said: "In total the operation will involve cutting the hull into around 80 sections each weighing around 300 tonnes which are then lowered to the dock floor where the material can be segregated into ferrous and non-ferrous materials.
"We anticipate that the project will be completed by summer."