Destroyed bit by bit

PUBLISHED: 11:33 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:34 17 June 2010

The ship which launched a thousand headlines is in the final stages of a huge recycling project at the shipyard of Harland and Wolff where the Titanic was built.

The ship which launched a thousand headlines is in the final stages of a huge recycling project at the shipyard of Harland and Wolff - where the Titanic was built.The bow of the Napoli will be become the first item recycled at the dockyard under a new licence granted to the company. Pictures show the mammoth cut-up job is now nearly complete. It has been carried out by an expert team of 25. The bow has been cut into five metre-by-two metre slabs for recycling.Harland and Wolff spokesman Joris Minne said: "There's very little of the Napoli left, just a little bit on the floor of the dockyard."We have a small team of experts using acetylene torches to literally take the ship apart by hand. We have to approach this in a very planned and methodical way."This is the largest shipbuilding yard in the British Isles, and this is probably the biggest recycling job in Britain."One of the key components to the job is managing the waste oil."The MSC Napoli arrived in Belfast in August last year - but 80 cubic tonnes of oil had to be cleared from the ship before dismantling work began.


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