MSC Napoli Salvage Operations Completed

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July 31, 2009

The two and a half year salvage operation to remove the wreckage of the MSC Napoli has officially been declared over.  The vessesl was intentionally beached off the Devon coast, UK in January 2007 after it was damaged in a storm in the English Channel. BBC tells us:

A survey of the seabed was carried out to clearly demonstrate that there was no further risk to safety or risk of pollution from hazardous substances, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

The SOSREP, Hugh Shaw, said he officially declared an end to the salvage and wreck removal operations on Wednesday 29 July.

The incident drew worldwide attention after a design flaw in the ships hull was found to be the root cause of the accident, prompting the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) to order the urgent strengthening of ships similar in design.  Of course, who could forget the many images and videos of the thousands of scavengers that flocked to Branscombe beach when containers from the Napoli washed ashore loaded with everything from BMW motorcyles to candy bars.

Check out gCpatain’s full coverage of the incident HERE.

More information on the incident can be found at

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