They said no Three years later and Able UK still can't break the 'ghosts'

Oct 13, 2006 | 12:35 PM |

Able UK Ltd. plans to appeal a decision by a local town council to reject its applications to start a shipbreaking operation in northeast England.

Able UK has been waiting for planning permission from Hartlepool Council since 2003 after it brought four decrepit ships from the U.S. Maritime Administration's Non-Retention Naval Reserve Fleet, better known as the "Ghost Fleet," to England for dismantling. But the council last week rejected all four planning applications from Able UK to develop a ship scrapping yard at its site in Graythorp.

"We have had a very frank and extremely comprehensive debate regarding these applications and everyone had an opportunity to have their say," Rob Cook, acting chairman of the Hartlepool Council Planning Committee, said in a statement.....

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