Able UK giant crane to boost Seaton Port

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The arrival of what is described as the UK's largest harbour crane will create up to 40 jobs on Teesside, bosses say.

Able UK said that the structure would allow specialist work to be undertaken at Seaton Port, near Hartlepool.

The crane will lift cargo which includes components for the offshore wind sector. It will also be used for maintaining offshore oil and gas drilling rigs.

The company said the crane was capable of lifting up to 208 tonnes

The Leibherr LHM600SHL mobile crane, delivered from Rostock in Germany, has a 190ft (58m) radius with its hook height of 209ft (64m). The standard height is 147ft (45m).

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    08:11: A697 reopens

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  48.  
    07:59: News on the hour

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    • BBC Tees: New figures suggest North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust is one of the worst performing in the country with more people dying in hospital than expected.
     
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    One lane is blocked on the A66(M) eastbound between A1(M) J57 Darlington and A66 Bridge Road because of an accident and recovery work.

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    07:45: Drifting snow

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  51.  
    07:34: Scattered wintry showers Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Staying cold and breezy with scattered wintry showers which could be rather heavy at times. Most of the showers will affect the Dales, North Pennines and Cheviots where some accumulations are likely. Winds will be quite gusty in the showers.

    Kay Crewdson

    Maximum temperature: 2C (36F). You can find a full forecast on the BBC Weather website.

     
  52.  
    07:26: School closures

    The headteacher of Wolsingham School and Community College, in County Durham, has called to say the school is closed to all because of snow but is expected to reopen tomorrow.

    Whitfield Primary School and Herdley Bank Primary School, both in Northumberland, are closed today due to snow. They're also hoping to reopen tomorrow but it depends on the weather.

    Parents and students are being advised to check the schools' websites for updates.

     
  53.  
    07:21: Snow causing some road problems

    The A697 is closed in both directions between the A698 Main Street junction in Cornhill-on-Tweed and Longhorsley Turn Off in Espley Hall because of snow.

    And the A66 is closed in both directions between the A685 junction in Brough and the A1 Scotch Corner because of snow.

    Take a look at the BBC Travel website for more updates for Tyne and Wear and Tees.

     
  54.  
    07:15: Good morning

    Good morning and welcome to Local Live in the North East. We're starting a little earlier this morning to bring you weather and travel updates.

    There have been varying amounts of snow across the region - a dusting in some areas and more substantial quantities elsewhere.

    If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.

     

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