MSC Napoli

Picture of the stranded "MSC Napoli "

  • CMA CGM Normandie (2001-2004)
  • Nedlloyd Normandy (1995-2001)
  • CGM Normandie (1991-1995)

Det Norske Veritas ( since 2002, prior to Bureau Veritas)

IMO no. 9000601

The MSC Napoli was a container ship flying the British flag with a home port of London. It came on 18 January 2007 as a result of the hurricane Kyrill in the English Channel in distress.

Owner of the ship was the resident in the British Virgin Islands company Metvale Ltd.. ( a subsidiary of tg21 plc ) bereedert, it was by Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd.. in London.

At the time of distress, if in the English Channel, the MSC Napoli drove in charter for the Mediterranean Shipping Company SA, which began the ship in its liner service between Europe and South Africa. The ship was en route from Le Havre in France to Sines in Portugal.


The ship was built in 1991 under the hull number 1082 on the South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries in Geoje. The keel of the vessel took place on 1 April 1991. It was completed on December 1 of the year. The ship was regarded as the first post -Panamax container ship - it was due to the width that is too large to pass through the locks in the Panama Canal - and the largest container ship worldwide.

The drive of the vessel consisted of a Sulzer Diesel engine (type: 10RTA84C ) with an output of 38,792 kW. It also featured the ship has a bow thruster.

The ship had seven cargo holds. The superstructure and the engine room were arranged approximately three-quarters of the ship's length aft hatch between 6 and Luke 7.

Earlier incidents

Under the name of CMA -CGM Normandie the ship on 28 March 2001 in the Malacca Straits on the way from Port Klang (Malaysia ) to Jakarta (Indonesia) was run on a reef and was damaged in the front third. In order to get the ship afloat again, the containers on board had to be deleted. After 60 days the ship to Khanh Hoa shipyard was dragged into Vietnam and repaired there until October 2001.

After the ship was back on track, it collided in December 2001 in Jeddah with a pier and it was damaged on the port side. Another time she ran aground in August 2002 in Jeddah to reason with it but only came to Farbabschürfungen the hull of the ship.

Emergencies in the English Channel

On the morning of 18 January 2007 the ship came in heavy seas in the storm Kyrill in the English Channel about 80 km south of The Lizard in distress after it had come through a crack in the hull to water ingress in the engine room. The 26- member crew then left the ship and could be rescued by helicopters of the Royal Navy from the lifeboat.

The NUC vessel should be towed on the same day by two tugs in the port of Portland in Dorset. For safety reasons and to a breakup of the ship to prevent decided the British Coast Guard, the ship at Branscombe controlled to rely on reason.

The investigation report of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch ( MAIB ) found that the main cause was a design flaw of the hull in the area of the engine room of the wreck. The valid rules for construction point had been respected, but a subsequent extension of the design rules for buckling, had not led to the improvement of the in- ship. According to the accident report, the ship was taken in high seas of several heavy breakers, with an approximately 15 m long, oblique crack in the hull was on the starboard side.

Controlled stranding and salvage the cargo

On board the ship, which with about 30 ° flip side was January 19, 2007 in Lyme Bay in the south of England to reason, there were 2318 containers, including a total of 1684 tonnes of dangerous cargo in 159 containers, mainly pesticides.

Before could be started with the mountains of boxes, about 4000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil have been pumped out of the ship. Around 200 tonnes of oil are spilled and polluted shore sections in England and France.

With the recovery of the charge which is about 158 containers had precedence who pose a potential threat to the environment. During the hurricane about 100 containers went overboard, including two of the substances classified as harmful. The deliberate beaching on since 2001 a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Devon coast has been viewed with concern. Your chalk formations represent 185 million years geological

On the beaches at Sidmouth and Branscombe be flushed flotsam ( charge ) was stolen on a large scale January 19, 2007 by local residents. The beaches were therefore blocked off by police.

On 9 March 2007 the loaded containers on deck were recovered according to press reports 853. The owner of the "MSC Napoli " seconded a second ship, the "MSC Grace" to carry out the transportation of the salvaged container to Le Havre. The last container were finally cleared on 17 May 2007.

Salvage of the ship

Once discharged on 17 May 2007, the last of the remaining 1350 containers from the ship and the hull at the accessible points had been temporarily repaired, the authorized Dutch salvage company Smit International raised the ship on 9 July 2007 and dragged it for another inspection Hull state 500 meters from Strandungspunkt in deeper water. During the inspection, a 3 meter wide crack was discovered in the trunk and found a tow in this state because of the risk of an uncontrolled breakup too dangerous. The ship was therefore on July 12 set again due to cut and after two unsuccessful attempts on 20 July 2007 by precision blasting at the breaking point before the superstructure into two sections.

On 9 August 2007, the bow section was towed for scrapping to Harland & Wolff shipyard to Belfast, where she arrived on 14 August. A complete recovery of the tail section was initially excluded, so they should be decomposed locally into smaller segments. Further studies, however, led to the decision to transport the tail section also in one piece to Belfast. This should be done in November 2007. Since this was not yet possible, the tail section was disassembled on site. The recovery was completed in July 2009.