Welsh ship dismantling firm Swansea Drydocks has been awarded a contract from the U.K.’s Ministry of Defence to scrap and recycle the former HMS Cornwall, a Royal Navy type 22 frigate. The vessel, built in 1985, was decommissioned in 2011.
To win the contract Swansea Drydocks says it was required to “demonstrate its capabilities and resources; relevant experience and technical expertise; obtain mandatory permits, approvals and licenses and those of its subcontractors; the competence to deliver a safe and environmentally sound ship recycling service and the ability to maximize the financial return from the ship’s metals, materials and equipment while minimizing waste to landfill.”
“Developing Swansea Drydocks into a world class ship repair and recycling facility has been a huge challenge,” says Karl Dunn, managing director of the firm. “It’s taken us several years of hard work and significant investment to be in a position to win this tender. As a result, we are beginning to achieve the goals we set for the business and we anticipate substantial growth over the next few years.”