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Scottish days in Esbjerg - october 2003

Scottish days in Esbjerg - october 2003

One could belive this was a pic from some scottish festival in Esbjerg....but stepping a bit backwards, the fun will stop, because this were the final destination for those vessel. One by one they were cut into pieces....at company Smedegaarden in Esbjerg...
Esbjerg was once the center in Danish fis

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From the Left :

Kinnaird FR443 , Ajax INS168 , I think this is the Paulamanda FR150 , Constant Friend PD83 , Jasper PD174

The Kinnaird was only 7 years old , the Ajax 31 years old , Paulamanda 29 years old , Constant Friend 15 years old and the Jasper 25 years old

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How possible is it that some of the more modern boats were carefully cut up and shipped to the far east to be rebuilt and resume fishing???????
 

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The Constant Friend seems to have had another number painted on her for her delivery trip to Esbjerg. Her number was PD83 tho.

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They shouldn't have been reassembled. I know they sold wheelhouses , shelterdecks and all the equipment but the EU rules were very clear that the hull had to be destroyed.

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The scrapping companies Smedegaarden in Esbjerg and Fornæs in Grenå are like second hand supermarkets...with wheelhouses, engines, winches etc....standing in line or waiting on shelves to be bought and reused. I think they export much of it...especially the engines...

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Its a shame to see this,and I feel it brings a tear to many an eye,and even though the percentage of Scottish vessels which have been decommissioned is quite high,the Scottish fleet are still punished,quite severely.
 

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For almost 20 years our fleet in DK were reduced dramatically by decomission and scrapping. Now we have got new rules. The owners have become parts of the quoata calculated on a formular using the vessels fishing 2003-2005. The new rules also allow the owners to buy vessels with quata and collect it to their vessel.
For that reason the number of vessels continue to decrease with the result that small fishingtowns are in the risk that survival becomes difficult.

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When decommision started about 20 years ago it was not a demand the vessel should be scrapped, but it was not allowed to be reused as fishing vessel in another EU-country. Some of those vessel came for instance to Poland.

Later it became a demand the vessel should be scrapped as long as the EU had paid it to be taken out of the fishing fleet.

Yes Holland have exported many beamers, but now I know they scrap vessels. They will not scrap good vessels, if they were allowed to sell them out of EU.

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Here is a nice shot of the green "Kinnaird"
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/46795/cat/522

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The rules about scrapping the hulls came in after 2001 I believe to stop boats that had been "decommisioned" returning to the EU at a later date.

Here is a quote from the Scottish Office Guidance on decommisioning for the 2003 round
8. - (1) At least two weeks prior to the decommissioning of the vessel, the applicant shall notify the Scottish Ministers in writing of the intended date and place of decommissioning (which shall be within a member State) and the proposed method of decommissioning.

(2) The vessel shall not be decommissioned until the method of decommissioning notified under sub-paragraph (1) has been approved by the Scottish Ministers.

(3) The vessel shall be decommissioned-

(a) before the appropriate decommissioning date; and

(b) in accordance with-

(i) the method of decommissioning which has been approved by the Scottish Ministers under sub-paragraph (2); or

(ii) in exceptional cir***stances and with the consent of the Scottish Ministers (which may be given before or after the decommissioning), any other method of decommissioning which accords with sub-paragraph (4).

(4) In this Scheme "decommissioning", in relation to a vessel, means the permanent withdrawal of that vessel from operation within the sea fish industry of the European Community by any means within the provisions of Article 7 of Council Regulation 2792/99.
This meant that only vessels being turned into Museum ships could avoid being broken up.

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