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.