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A warning of ‘Danger Keep Off’ on a damaged seawall tells of the hidden dangers on this ship. The French aircraft carrier Clemenceau arrives on Teesside on Sunday 8th Febuary 2009.

The 238 metre long vessel arrived at the Able UK demolition and dismantling facility at the Teesside Environmental Reclamation and Recycling centre (TERRC) at Graythorp near Hartlepool to be broken up after leaving the French port of Brest earlier in the week.

The Clemenceau, which was highly contaminated with asbestos had previously been turned away from Turkish, Greek and Indian waters and environmental groups that initially opposed the decision to bring the vessel to Teesside had accepted the move following Able UK’s confirmation that they had suitable control measures in place to deal with the asbestos.

Published by ian forsyth photography

Press and Documentary photographer covering the North of England. Stringer & contributor for Getty Images News. Prints are available to buy on my website.

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