Timeline of the salvaging of the Napoli
Branscombe Beach was famously affected by the beaching of the MSC Napoli in the nearby Lyme Bay. This 62,000 ton cargo ship was delibrately run aground after being damaged in a storm in January 2007.
Over the next two years the spotlight was on this beached vessel and the complex salvage operation. The beach remained open throughout the summers of 2007 and 2008, due to the hard work of contractors employed by the ship’s owner, council staff and local volunteers.
18 January 2007
The crew are rescued from the stricken ship.
20 January 2007
The Napoli is beached off Branscombe.
22 January 2007
Treasure seekers descend on Branscombe to investigate cargo washed ashore.
29 January 2007
Cargo removal begins.
3 February 2007
Last of the bulk oil is pumped out.
10 March 2007
The public assist in the Napoli clear up.
17 May 2007
The last container is recovered from ship.
19 July 2007
Explosives separate the Napoli’s hull.
7 August 2007
The Napoli's bow is towed away for recycling.
13 August 2007
The Napoli's bow arrives in Belfast.
30 April 2008
Work resumes on removing the stern section.
30 June 2008
Stern salvage work is scheduled for completion in autumn 2008.
16 July 2008
The Napoli anchor is unveiled on Branscombe beach.
30 July 2009
The salvage and wreck removal operations officially end, 924 days after it all began. An estimated salvage cost of £50 million.