ESL & Torbo help to keep history alive in HMS Belfast


ESL & Torbo help to keep history alive in HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is part of London’s landscape, moored on the River Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Serving Britain for 32 years, she played an important role in both the Second World War and the Korean War as well as performing peacekeeping duties throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Saved from destruction in 1971, HMS Belfast is now part of the Imperial War Museum and is the first ship to be preserved for the nation since Nelson’s Victory.

ESL, the Industrial Cleaning Equipment Company, are now playing a key role in the refurbishment  of this icon of British history through the hire of their Dustless Blasting Equipment which is being used to remove asbestos from the forward gun turrets. Due to the specialised requirement a Torbo M80 system with Zone 1 ATEX-approval is being used for the critical operation. The refurbishment work is being done in situ, so itiss important that disruption to the capital is kept to a minmum.

‘Torbo Dustless Blasting Systems work with water introduced to the abrasive blasting process so that the normal environmental impacts of traditional sandblasting are avoided. Together with their renowned high performance and reliability, this meant that these world-renowned industrial cleaning machines were the perfect solution for this historic renovation project’, Steve Thomas, Business Development Director for ESL explained.

On 19 May 2011