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Shell says Solitaire to leave Irish waters today

category mayo | environment | feature author Thursday September 18, 2008 18:19author by tyrone fan Report this post to the editors

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In the last hour Shell has announced that the Solitaire pipe laying ship is to depart from Irish territorial waters and go to a British port for repair and assessment.

The company has always claimed that it was not responding to pressure from protests against its plan to install an offshore section of production pipeline without any planning permission for the onshore section.

Maura Harrington, who is on hunger strike at the Shell compound at Glengad beach, has yet to make a statement, but it is hoped that if the company claim is true, and the ship leaves, then she will end or suspend her protest.

Full Shell statement:

Shell E&P Ireland Limited can confirm that the Solitaire will leave Killybegs today for a UK Port where deep water berthing facilities are available.

The vessel will remain in port while a further assessment of factors including operational, technical and weather issues will be completed. Once this is done, a further statement about the 2008 offshore development programme will be made. This programme still requires a suitable weather window for successful completion.

Separately, a special diving support vessel is being deployed to Broadhaven Bay tomorrow to assist in the salvage of the 12 metres long, 80 tonnes section of the Solitaire's pipe laying equipment. This piece of equipment, which became detached from the vessel last Wednesday (September 10th), is currently lying on the seabed in Broadhaven Bay, Co Mayo and will be removed and disposed of for safety and environmental reasons.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Congratulations!     Three Castle Head    Thu Sep 18, 2008 16:38 
   Great news     small farmer    Thu Sep 18, 2008 17:14 
   maura harrington hunger strike     marlyn    Thu Sep 18, 2008 18:12 
   Power to the People     coast to coast    Thu Sep 18, 2008 19:20 
   arrests continuing     supporter    Thu Sep 18, 2008 19:54 
   all the best     Chrissie    Thu Sep 18, 2008 20:00 
   Environmental Protection Agency     visionships    Thu Sep 18, 2008 22:29 
   Environmental Protection Agency     visionships    Thu Sep 18, 2008 23:46 
   Maura´s Strike     Irishmags    Fri Sep 19, 2008 08:15 
 10   good news     Jack    Fri Sep 19, 2008 08:53 
 11   The scent of victory in our nostrils - bye bye Solitaire!     FSB!    Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:29 
 12   Maura agus Muintir Erris abú!     Gearóid Ó Machail    Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:37 
 13   Response to M     Gearóid Ó Machail    Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:41 
 14   Boat gone, strike over - Rock on!     dunk    Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:03 
 15   Congrats!     Shell to Sea Switzerland    Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:26 
 16   Shell song     Eamonn óg    Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:34 
 17   Solitaire is coming back     seadog    Fri Sep 19, 2008 13:17 
 18   Solitaire on the Clyde     Martin O'Neill    Fri Sep 19, 2008 15:12 
 19   thankful     cable    Fri Sep 19, 2008 15:42 
 20   Hunger Strike Over - Statement From Maura Harrington To The Press And To The General Public     From the email lists    Fri Sep 19, 2008 16:11 
 21   Solitaire anchored     Martin O'Neill    Fri Sep 19, 2008 16:30 
 22   Coverage of hunger strike end in mainstream media     linker    Fri Sep 19, 2008 17:13 
 23   Eighties Hunger Striker's where not criminals     Jack    Fri Sep 19, 2008 21:11 
 24   Soltaire anchored near Largs     Martin O'Neill    Fri Sep 19, 2008 21:35 
 25   A true friend     Ethel andTom Corduff    Fri Sep 19, 2008 23:22 
 26   Best wishes and solidarity - how do I donate to defray costs of resistance?     Ciaron O'Reilly    Sat Sep 20, 2008 07:49 
 27   Analysis     GB    Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:18 
 28   Crical point     Ciaron    Sat Sep 20, 2008 14:19 
 29   Comhghairdeas agus comhbhá     Tomás Mac Síomóin    Sat Sep 20, 2008 15:55 
 30   Bad Day for Shell globally - MEND have blown up an important facility of theirs on the Niger Delta     Buenaventura    Sun Sep 21, 2008 00:33 
 31   Sunday Independent Report(?)     barra    Sun Sep 21, 2008 18:41 
 32   Hunger strike hero     guardian reader -bearded , sandal wearing muesli eating type    Sun Sep 21, 2008 20:04 
 33   Guardian coverage of overall crisis in NW Mayo     Disappointed Guardian reader (no beard or sandals!)    Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:02 
 34   Guardian stories     gu.com    Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:57 
 35   To Gu.com     Disappointed Guardian Reader    Mon Sep 22, 2008 19:33 
 36   paying the piper     lulu    Tue Sep 23, 2008 21:45 
 37   Solitaire's position Mon Sep 22     Fergal MacErlean    Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:32 
 38   Loading?     MacE    Wed Sep 24, 2008 13:11 
 39   Dredgers are back     Rudiger    Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:37 
 40   Channel 4     Miriam Cotton    Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:34 
 41   Observer from last Sunday     Stevo    Thu Sep 25, 2008 14:14 
 42   Broadhaven Bay     Reyning    Thu Sep 25, 2008 19:13 
 43   Dredging work continuing     Rudiger    Thu Sep 25, 2008 23:00 
 44   Ongoing work     Reyning    Thu Sep 25, 2008 23:53 
 45   The $h£LL saga     some one that thought    Thu Sep 25, 2008 23:54 
 46   Gas Pipes     POD    Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:38 
 47   the soltaire     martin    Fri Sep 26, 2008 13:25 
 48   Solitaire Update     Reyning    Fri Sep 26, 2008 17:22 
 49   Clyde info     JD    Sat Sep 27, 2008 09:54 
 50   Solitaire Support Ship     Reyning    Sat Sep 27, 2008 09:56 
 51   S2S Cork     Solitare activity    Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:15 
 52   boat spotting     S2S Cork    Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:52 
 53   The Solitaire from Bute     Martin O'Neill    Sat Sep 27, 2008 20:35 
 54   Another view from Bute     Martin O'Neill    Sat Sep 27, 2008 20:45 
 55   Be Very Careful     Kashmir    Mon Sep 29, 2008 14:02 


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