Date set for Napoli removal

PUBLISHED: 09:02 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 15 June 2010

AFTER months of inactivity, work to remove the remaining half of the MSC Napoli will start again at the beginning of May.

AFTER months of inactivity, work to remove the remaining half of the MSC Napoli will start again at the beginning of May.Poor weather conditions led to the clean-up operation being postponed in January and discussions over the options to finally remove the stern from the coast have been ongoing.Now a decision has been made to cut the remaining section and take it to Holland for recycling.Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman Fred Caygill said: "Shaped explosives will be used to remove the propeller, the rudder and to cut the propeller shaft. They will also be used to weaken the structure of the main engine to assist its removal. The aft section will then be systematically removed."The option to cut the remaining section into smaller pieces is preferable, since there could be issues with anchoring and cutting through the main engine and propeller shafting if the stern were cut up into larger pieces."Mr Caygill said a pollution control plan would be in place throughout the entire operation. Following removal from the site, material will be trans-shipped to Holland for recycling. On completion a full underwater survey would be carried out to ensure the seabed has been cleared of all recoverable debris. Contractors have been inspecting the wreck on a fortnightly basis to check for any change in its status, or signs of pollution. They have patrolled beaches around Branscombe clearing any debris.Meanwhile, the Napoli Inquiry, being staged by Devon County Council, rolled into Seaton last Thursday. Residents were given a chance to express their views during a public event at fisherman's Gap.

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