An exempt report of the Executive Member for Finance and Governance, the Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for Regeneration, the Executive Director of Economic Growth and Places and the Strategic Director for Finance, Governance and Support was submitted, which sought approval to contribute towards the dismantling and removal of the Tuxedo Royale, in partnership with Able. The ship was currently sitting on the bed of the River Tees/primarily within Able's Middlesbrough port with some sitting within the Crown's Estate, i.e. public water. A location plan was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.
The Committee considered additional information from three individual groups with regard to proposals for the ship's restoration. The Committee considered however, that none of the groups were in a viable financial position to proceed with the restoration. In any event, any proposals for the restoration would have to be agreed by Able.
The Committee was advised that the ship was currently on the National Register of Historic Vessels. The body who collates this is the National Historic Ships UK, a Government funded organisation, which provides independent advice to local authorities, grant funders, and other interested historic ship groups regarding historic vessels.
Whilst the group sought to support restoration, wherever possible, it was recognised that not all ships could be salvaged, particularly where there was severe detriment and where there was a lack of funding available to do such. The Committee was advised that the inclusion of the Tuxedo Royale on the list did not prevent dismantling as the group had no legal powers to prevent this course of action.
That the recommendations included in the report be approved.
The decisions were supported for the reasons outlined within the report.