Napoli inquiry - details agreed

PUBLISHED: 14:07 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010

TERMS for an inquiry into the beaching of the Napoli and the events that followed are set to be agreed this week. At a meeting of Devon County Council's executive committee yesterday (Tuesday), members will be asked to approve terms for an independently c

TERMS for an inquiry into the beaching of the Napoli and the events that followed are set to be agreed this week.At a meeting of Devon County Council's executive committee yesterday (Tuesday), members will be asked to approve terms for an independently chaired inquiry, which will be carried out in public.The council hopes the inquiry will help authorities learn lessons and aid future contingency plans, both local and national, to reduce the risk of a repeat of the Napoli incident.The inquiry will examine several factors including how much bearing the environmental sensitivity of the coastline should have on deciding places of refuge, whether existing legislation adequately protects the coastline, marine and estuary environment and the clarity of statutory powers relating to salvage of goods and the responsibilities of agencies involved.The effect on the local economy, environment and well-being of local communities will also be taken into account. Any interested party will be able to contribute their views from February. DCC's website will include a dedicated page so submissions can be posted online.

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