Farewell to the Napoli

BRANSCOMBE has finally waved goodbye to MSC Napoli after the last piece of the wreck was removed.

BRANSCOMBE has finally waved goodbye to MSC Napoli after the last piece of the wreck was removed.

The final part of the operation to lift the remaining section of the wreck began in June and, following several attempts, it was raised earlier this month.

The wreck was then suspended above the sea where salvors carried out their final mission- the cutting operation.

This was completed last Thursday and the salvors will now deliver the stern and all of the scrap to the recycling facility of Scheepssloperij Nederland at Gravendeel in the Netherlands.

A temporary exclusion zone of 500 metres remains around the Napoli, which was deliberately beached off the coast of Branscombe in January 2007 after its hull was damaged in a storm.

The exclusion zone will remain in place until Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State's Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention, signs the project off.