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Huge crane can lift 208 tonnes

Crane will be used to move cargo and maintain gas and oil drilling rigs Credit: Able UK

The Leibherr crane has been specially adapted to meet Able UK’s requirements.

It can lift 208 tonnes and increased height to reach over tall structures.

It will be used for handling cargo, particularly components for the offshore wind sector, and maintaining offshore drilling rigs.

Huge harbour crane on its way to Teesside

The Leibherr crane will be the UK's largest harbour crane Credit: Able UK

The UK's largest harbour crane is due to arrive on Teesside later today (Thursday).

The huge mobile crane is being delivered from Rostock in Germany.

It's expected to get to the Able Seaton Port at 5 pm.

It is seen as a major step forward in the expansion of port facilities on the Tees.

George Elmy returns home

RNLI escorting her home Credit: RNLI

RNLI lifeboats from Sunderland, Tynemouth and Hartlepool provided a guard of honour as former Seaham lifeboat George Elmy sailed back to her home port.

The boat capsized during a rescue in huge seas on 17 November 1962.

All five crew on board died, along with four people they had just rescued.

Historic boat returned to its home port Credit: RNLI
Crew to lay a wreath in memory of those lost Credit: RNLI
Heading to home port Credit: RNLI
A huge crowd greeted crew Credit: RNLI


Dock worker dies after falling through ship hatch

Man dies on board ship at Hartlepool Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A dock worker has died after falling 30 feet through a hatch on a ship.

Emergency services were called last night to the Bright Ocean vessel at Irvine's Quay in Hartlepool.

The 59 year old man had been onboard supervising the loading of steel pipes when he fell.

The vessel's crew called the Great North Air Ambulance, police and three fire engines from Stranton Fire Station.

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital but died shortly after arrival.