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29 September 2008


When the Irish Riverdance ferry became stranded on Blackpool beach during a storm  with seventeen passengers and six crew needing to be rescued by the RAF, all attempts to re-float her failed.  The decision was made to dismantle the vessel and take the sections away for recycling.  To assist in this process a major role has been played by Murex Saffire gas welding and cutting equipment.


Obviously, cutting up a 6000 tonne ship on a beach is a massive task and Frank Blakeley, based in Heywood was called upon to supply specialist company PGC Demolition with the right equipment to carry out the huge undertaking.


To cope with the arduous conditions on the round the clock operation, ten sets of Murex Welding Products’ Saffire oxy-propane cutting equipment were ordered from Frank Blakeley.  This tried and tested brand is of a proven design and incorporates the latest technical features necessary to meet the changing service requirements of the gas cutting market.


Established in 1950, Frank Blakeley & Son, factory and engineer supplies, have over 30 employees spread between its Heywood base and Leyland depot. Ian Whittaker, in charge of sales outlined the wide range of products and services his company is able to offer. “We are a genuine one stop shop. We stock a huge range of engineering equipment, welding and cutting equipment including gasses and safety equipment. We also provide equipment hire and service.”


Prior to the cutting up process commencing, all pollutants were removed from the ship thereby eliminating any risk to the environment.

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