Marine firm gears up for ‘exciting’ developments in Hartlepool

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A decommissioning firm has taken another major step as gets ready for exciting developments in Hartlepool.

Able UK has set up a new logistics division at a time when it has taken on the largest harbour crane in the UK as well as other massive pieces of equipment.

The head of the new division is Mark Nixon who said: “Obviously, with the exciting developments taking place at our larger ports, Able Seaton Port on the River Tees and Able Humber Port, this equipment is important to our operations.

“We are also offering contract services to clients in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.”

Able UK executive chairman Peter Stephenson said: “Developing a logistics division is a natural extension of our other activities such as our port facilities, marine decommissioning and offshore oil and gas rig upgrading and maintenance.”

Able has been awarded the contract for the disposal of four offshore structures from the Shell-operated Brent field.

Obviously, with the exciting developments taking place at our larger ports, Able Seaton Port on the River Tees and Able Humber Port, this equipment is important to our operations

Mark Nixon, head of the new logistics division at Able UK

It will see three platform topsides, as well as a 400ft-high steel platform jacket, transported from north east of Scotland to Able Seaton Port, where they will be dismantled and recycled using the latest techniques and technologies.

Able is investing in a major programme of work at the facility. The construction phase is generating around 100 jobs and the recycling contract itself will create a further 100 new jobs.