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Coal carrier back on Tyne.

A COAL carrier has returned to Tyneside to be repaired.

The 22,447 ton Lord Hinton, a bulk collier owned by UK power company EON, will be restored by A&P Tyne at its yard in Hebburn, South Tyneside.

The order is a significant achievement for the ship repair yard as refit and repair work on the carrier has been done in Poland in the past few years.

Stewart Boak, managing director of A&P Tyne, said: "In recent years these vessels have been repaired in Poland. It is pleasing to see one of them return to the Tyne for repairs.

"A&P underwent a thorough audit by EON before securing this contract with a significant focus being placed on management of safety and the environment.

"It is a testament to the excellent facilities, safety and environment record in the yard that enabled us to secure this contract in the face of competition from across Europe."

The 155 metre long Lord Hinton is expected to be in dry dock for 14 days when it will undergo external hull blasting and painting, hatch covers and pipework will be renewed and work will be carried out on the main engine.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 1, 2010
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