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Aliaga Shipbreakers - Famous Visitor

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giftgrub

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As the former flagship of the British Navy has arrived in Aliaga to be scrapped some images have been published in the Mail online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2338992/Britains-famous-warship-docks-time-Team-80-workers-prepare-spend-months-stripping-Ark-Royal-use-razor-blades-tin-cans.html

Also a feature on one of the main photographers of scrapped vessels:

http://maritimematters.com/2013/05/san-of-aliaga/

Davy Jones

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If you go onto www.bing.com/maps and find the scrapyard near Aliaga, Turkey and put it into "Aerial" mode, you can see HMS Invincible just being started on.

Interesting to note that the ship that Ark Royal replaced, HMS Hermes, is still operational today with the Indian Navy as the INS Viraat, and is expected to remain in service beyond 2020.

larry

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larry

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one or two pics in that batch of some ex irish sea ferries too, including a rather depressed looking cambridge ferry

Steven

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A shame a further use couldn't have been found for her.  I'm sure plenty of people in the UK would have been glad of the work to dismantle her as well!
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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Collision-course

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Ship breaking within the EU is no longer econimically viable due to high wage costs and tight enviromental controls , sadly there is no reason to do it properly when you can simply sail the ship out of the EU , ram it onto a beech , and cut it up on site with no regard for what gets into the water/sand/eco system , and can be done by people paid less than $5 per day with no regard for health and saftey as no-one cares if they are injured and killed.
Ship breaking is a dangerous process , and EU policy makers prefer it to be out of sight and out of mind so they dont have to deal with it.

Davy Jones

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Turkey is in the EU - as an associate member, and is currently biding to become a full member sometime in the next few years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accession_of_Turkey_to_the_European_Union

Sounds like they may struggle if they don't tighten up their ship breaking.

Hard hats, hi vis and steely boots guys, and don't forget to complete the risk assessment first yeah!

giftgrub

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a very interesting report from the scrap yard in Aliaga, plenty of up close images.

http://maritimematters.com/2013/09/aliaga-saga-august-2013/