South West Wales

Swansea Drydocks ship recycling permit change granted

Prince of Wales dry dock, Swansea
Image caption All ships would still be dismantled in the dry dock

A ship recycling firm has been granted a permit change to expand its operation in Swansea.

New environment body Natural Resources Wales says Swansea Drydocks Ltd can now expand the area where it dismantles ships to include a "wet berth".

It will temporarily store old vessels to start stripping fixtures and fittings and remove waste fuel.

Natural Resources Wales held a second round of public consultation before making its decision.

The restrictions within the permit will make sure that the surrounding environment is protected during the company's stripping of old vessels.

The ships will be fully dismantled in the dry docks area.

Mary Youell, from Natural Resources Wales, said: "We've carried out a thorough assessment into these proposals as well as consulting with health professionals, businesses and local people.

"Our assessment has shown that the company has the right measures in place to allow them to expand the facility without impacting on local people or the environment."

She said officers would continue to monitor operations at the site to ensure the company continues to meet the high environmental standards set in the permit.

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