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Removal of Riverdance wreck delayed – Blackpool Today 23/10/08

October 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Published Date: 23 October 2008

THE no-go zone around the almost demolished Riverdance ferry will remain in place for at least three weeks.

Hugh Shaw, the Government representative in charge of the operation, said it was necessary to keep people away from the beach for their own safety.

Diggers and other cutting equipment remain inside a 500m cordon around the site, opposite Anchorsholme Park, and could pose a risk if people were to interfere with it.

Mr Shaw, the Secretary of State’s representative, said: “The exclusion zone will remain in place until the last piece has been removed and sonar scanning has been carried out to check there are no remains on the beach.

“We do not want any local people and particularly children to be put at risk.

“We thank the public for their continued support and understanding.”

The last piece of the ferry is expected to be removed next week.

Sub-contractors PGC Demolition, who have planned and carried out the operation to cut the 6,000 tonne ship to bits, had hoped to remove the final piece last week.

But bad weather and tidal conditions caused the delay.

Despite this, Mr Shaw said he was thrilled by the work of the contractors and delighted the environment had not been affected by the clean up.

He also revealed the process which saw the ship cut up on the beach could become an example to follow elsewhere.

“When I proposed that the ship would be cut up on the beach, there was concern due to the amount of oil on board,” he said.

“But that was dealt with through working together and, with a lot of planning, has ultimately proved successful.”

Gordon Whitaker from the Environment Group said he was satisfied with the way the operation had been carried out and that Blackpool’s beach and its water had not been adversely affected.

Riverdance – a Sea Trucks ferry – ran aground in severe storms on January 31.

The full article contains 327 words and appears in Blackpool Gazette newspaper.

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* Last Updated: 23 October 2008 9:20 AM

* Source: Blackpool Gazette

* Location: Blackpool

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Cleveleys Promenade by Night

October 12, 2008 Leave a comment

Some of the new prom lighting features

Cleveleys Prom shelter

Cleveleys Prom shelter

Water feature

Water feature

Steam packet Ferry and North Pier

October 6, 2008 Leave a comment

The Steam Packet co. ferry leaving from Heysham heading for Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland. A bit hazy but it was taken from about 15 miles away in Blackpool. To the left of the ferry you can make out one of the Wind Tubines in the sea off Barrow.

Steam Packet

Steam Packet

North Pier from the beach

Sunny Blackpool – Sunday 5th Oct. 08

October 5, 2008 1 comment

After all the rain yesterday its a very clear and warm sunny day in Blackpool. There is little haze so there are clear views round the coast from the Prom. All these pictures were taken with a 400 zoom so they look closer than they are. Barrow is over twenty miles away accross Morecambe Bay.

the navel ship yards at Barrow in Furness.

Barrow in Furness

Barrow in Furness

part of the wind farm in the sea near Barrow. Apparently each one of these is as high as Blackpool tower but to the naked eye they are not easy to spot from Blackpool.

further east around the coast the lake district peaks can clearly be seen accross Morecambe Bay.

Lakes peaks

Lakes peaks

looking south from here, over the top of the North Pier can be seen the gas platform close to Southport.

And further round we can just pick out the Snowdon Range in Noth Wales. these must be about 60 or 70 miles away. again this is taken with the zoom and what you see is just the bit that sticks up above the horizon.

Blackpoolcam

October 2, 2008 5 comments

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