MSC Napoli

MSC Napoli was a United Kingdom-flaggedcontainer ship that developed a hull breach due to rough seas and slamming in the English Channel on 18 January 2007. She was deliberately run aground at Lyme Bay to avoid an environmental disaster and broken up by salvors.

United Kingdom-flagged container ship
MSC Napoli and a Maersk support ship
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Name MSC Napoli
Owner Metvale Limited
Operator Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd
Port of registry
Yard number 1082
Launched 24 August 1991
Out of service January 2007
  • 2004-2007 MSC Napoli
  • 2001-2004 CMA CGM Normandie
  • 1995-2001 Nedlloyd Normandie
  • 1991-1995 CGM Normandie
Fate Damaged in storm on 18 January 2007; beached on 19 January 2007; broken up on 20 July 2007. Finally removed in July 2009.[1]
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General characteristics
  • 53,409 GT
  • 21,088 NT
  • 62,277 DWT
Length 275.66 m (904.4 ft)
Beam 37.10 m (121.7 ft)
Draught 13.8 m (45 ft 3 in)
Installed power 34,480 KW
Speed 24 kn (44 km/h; 28 mph)
  • 4,734 TEU
  • 2,684 TEU on deck
  • 2,050 TEU below
Crew 31
Notes [2]

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The ship was built in 1991 and had a capacity of 4,419 TEU (62,000 tons).[2] She was built by Samsung Heavy Industries, Kŏje, South Korea; owned by Metvale Ltd., a British Virgin Islands Brass Plate single entity company; managed by Zodiac Maritime; and was under charter to Mediterranean Shipping Company.[3]

On 27 March 2001, then named CMA CGM Normandie, she was en route from Port Klang in Malaysia to the Indonesian capital, Jakarta when she ran aground on a reef in the Singapore Strait and remained stuck for several weeks.[4] She was repaired by the Hyundai-Vinashin Shipyard in Khánh Hòa Province, Vietnam,[5] which included the welding of more than 3,000 tonnes of metal onto the hull.[6]

Position of MSC Napoli when she was abandoned

While en route from Belgium to Portugal on 18 January 2007, during European windstormKyrill, severe gale-force winds and huge waves caused serious damage to MSC Napoli’s hull, including a crack in one side and a flooded engine room.[7] The ship was then 50 miles (80 km) off the coast of The Lizard, Cornwall.[citation needed]

At approximately 10:30 UTC, the crew sent out a distress call. Not long afterwards, the captain ordered the crew to abandon ship into one of the lifeboats. They were out at sea for several hours before all 26 crew were picked up from their lifeboat by Sea King helicopters of the Royal Navy‘s Fleet Air Arm and taken to Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall.[8] During the difficult rescue, one helicopter broke two winch lines, making it even harder to rescue the seamen. The rough seas and gale-force winds gave the men acute seasickness, and in some cases dehydration due to overheating.[citation needed]

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