Press Notice No: 215/09
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Posted 11:11 GMT
THE HULL OF THE MSC NAPOLI BREAKS THE SURFACE
The operation to lift the remaining section of the MSC Napoli was successfully completed yesterday afternoon. Cutting has now commenced and will now continue in accordance with the agreed salvage plan.
The wreck is now suspended, fully supported by the lifting chains, and locked in place by the 24 chain pullers. Following a parbuckling operation the wreck now has a 2 degree list and a 2 degree trim.
Cutting operations commenced shortly after the lift and will now continue in accordance with the agreed salvage plan.
There are no reports of any pollution in the vicinity of the wreck.
A temporary exclusion zone of 500 metres around the wreck remains in place.
The current contract includes the total removal of the stern, including the main engine, together with delivery of all scrap to the recycling facility of Scheepssloperij Nederland at Gravendeel in the Netherlands.
Hugh Shaw, Secretary of States Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention
I am encouraged to see the final cutting phase of this project now underway and before I sign off this project an underwater inspection and sea bed survey will be made before the demobilisation of equipment / project completion begins.
Notes to Editors
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Posted By: Mark Clark
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