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Flood warning for North Sea Coast

People living by the North East Coast are being warned that they could experience flooding.

A flood warning has been issued for the North Sea Coast Credit: ITV

The Environment Agency has issued a warning for the North Sea Coast including tidal River Esk. Flooding is possible for The North Sea coast from Staithes to Whitby including Sandsend and tidal River Esk.

It is also possible from Berwick to St Mary's Lighthouse.

Flood alert from Staithes to Whitby

A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the North Sea Coast from Staithes to Whitby including tidal River Esk.

Flooding is possible for The North Sea coast from Staithes to Whitby including Sandsend and tidal River Esk .

Low lying coastal land and roads will be affected first. People living in these areas are being asked to be prepared.

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North Sea rowing challenge for cancer charities

Michael Tierney in the training pool at South Tyneside College Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A former North East soldier is planning to row across the North Sea to raise money for cancer charities, including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Preparations for the 510-mile challenge Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Michael Tierney, from Low Fell in Gateshead, has been undergoing training at South Tyneside College's Marine Safety Training Centre.

Offshore weather conditions can be simulated at the Marine Safety Training Centre Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The technology allows different weather conditions to be simulated in the pool.

Wind, rain and waves can be created Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Michael took up the challenge in memory of his sister, Clare, who died of breast cancer.

He will be joined on the trip by a former army colleague, James Moloney.

The pair are planning to make the 510-mile journey from the Scottish Borders to Denmark in August - a crossing they believe has only previously been completed by the Vikings.

11 years imprisonment for 'spectacular recklessness'

A Sunderland man who set a North Sea ferry on fire while smoking cannabis in his cabin has been jailed for 11 years.

Several passengers had to be airlifted to hospital as the ship was forced to turn back to North Shields on its way to Holland in December 2013.

Sentencing him to 11 years in jail, Judge James Goss QC said it was a "spectacular piece of recklessness" that carried the highest culpability.

Gregg Easteal reports:

Ferry company says they are 'committed' to passenger safety

Following on from the announcement of Boden George Hughes' sentencing of 11 years imprisonment, DFDS Seaways say they do not wish to comment on the case but are "committed" to providing a safe environment for all crew and passengers.

Today, 19th September 2014, Boden Georga Hughes has been sentenced in court after admitting to charges of arson and affray on the King Seaways ferry traveling from North Shields to Amsterdam on 28th December 2013. As this is a criminal proceeding, we do not wish to comment on this any further other than to say at DFDS Seaways we are committed to providing a safe a reliable service to all our crew and passengers.

– DFDS Seaways

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11 years for man who caused North Sea ferry blaze

A man who set fire to a North Sea ferry while smoking cannabis in his cabin has been jailed for 11 years.

26-year-old Boden Hughes, from Sunderland, had been drinking heavily on board the vessel when he set a pile of clothes alight after tossing a lighter onto them.

Flames soon engulfed the room and smoke filled the corridor with panicked passengers being evacuated onto a higher deck.

Newcastle Crown Court was told crew members attempted to tackle the blaze after the alarm was raised but two fire extinguishers proved ineffectual.

They also struggled to remove Hughes from the room, who they found half naked on the floor, and when they did he began to fight with a friend who was also on board.

Ian Lawrie QC, prosecuting, said eventually the ship's sprinkler system kicked in and put the fire out, which ended up costing DFDS a total of £800,000.

Sentencing him to 11 years in jail, Judge James Goss QC said it was a "spectacular piece of recklessness" that carried the highest culpability.

Panic was caused, passengers were injured and £800,000 losses were caused to the operator.

Fires on ships are even more dangerous than those on land, the escape routes are limited and the stability of the vessel can be affected by the use of water.

– Judge James Goss QC

The blaze broke out aboard the DFDS ferry as it sailed between North Shields and Amsterdam in December 2013.

In total 27 people required treatment for smoke inhalation and six people were airlifted from the vessel, including a pregnant woman.

The ferry, with a total of 946 passengers and 127 crew on board, was then diverted back to the North Shields terminal.

Christopher Morrison, defending, said Hughes was "extremely sorry, especially to those who were airlifted" as well as to the company and crew.

He received a nine year sentence for the ferry incident and two years for a separate conviction of conspiracy to steal railway cable.

Teesside company tasked with dismantling North Sea ships

The company has been awarded a new contract Credit: Able UK Ltd

Teesside ship dismantler Able UK has been awarded a contract to dismantle four rigs from the Brent Field in the North Sea.

The project will create around 200 jobs and more than 97% of the structures will be reused or recycled.

Able UK's Managing Director, Andrew Jacques said: "We are delighted to have been selected to undertake this significant platform decommissioning project. This six-year contract will see the deployment of the very latest techniques and technologies in the recycling of these materials."

The platforms will be individually transported from the Brent Field, 100 miles north east of Scotland, to the Tees onboard a specially designed ship.

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