Blow for Hartlepool business as Costa Concordia unlikely to be scrapped in Seaton

Costa Concordia
Costa Concordia

THE wreck of the Costa Concordia looks unlikely to be coming to Hartlepool to be scrapped.

Billingham-based Able UK was among the frontrunners for the contract to tow the remains of the stricken ship for scrapping at its Seaton facility, after it sank in January 2012 leading to 32 deaths.

Companies across Europe had responded to the tender by London Offshore Consultants and Able UK’s application raised hopes the multi-million pound contract could create work for around 100 people in this part of the world.

But the vessel now looks set to be dismantled in Genoa as a result of political pressure for the work to be carried out in the liner’s home country.

Despite the strong indications, Able UK chiefs say they are still awaiting official confirmation.

The firm’s Teesside Environmental Reclamation and Recycling facility (TERRC) at Able Seaton port has full planning permissions and environmental accreditations to undertake the work in one of the world’s largest dry docks.

Neil Etherington, Able UK’s group development director, told the Mail: “We are awaiting confirmation of the decision, along with other ports.”

Italy’s environment minister Andrea Orlando had previously confirmed the preference was for decommissioning work to be kept within the country.