Napioli thoughts from Cape Town

PUBLISHED: 01:01 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 15 June 2010

I used to live in Branscombe and I was there when the Napoli arrived on the shore. Last year I moved to Cape Town, South Africa, and, coincidentally, this is where the Napoli was meant to arrive! I see MSC containers every day here, as its the main stop

I used to live in Branscombe and I was there when the Napoli arrived on the shore. Last year I moved to Cape Town, South Africa, and, coincidentally, this is where the Napoli was meant to arrive! I see MSC containers every day here, as its the main stop for the ships departing to and from Europe. They remind me of the village when I see them and how it was major news to have ever happened, let alone to take place in a small Devon village. It's a shame, but in all honesty, if it didn't happen there, maybe all 2,300 containers would be all over the English Channel. Think of the immense pollution that would have occurred over hundreds of miles along the whole south coast for decades to come. There are at least 10 large container ships here daily in the bay, reminding me of the beached Napoli in Lyme Bay. Just a quick hour-long safety inspection every time a ship departs would, maybe, stop anything like this from happening again.Richard Fuell By email

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