A breezy day yesterday but now the wind has gone but it's raining instead. I had hoped to escape the Napoli story as there are so many other things to write about but I seem to be on some sort of treadmill regarding the Napoli saga at the moment!
Let's report the good news first. There is a mandatory 500 metre exclusion zone around the stranded ship so it is difficult to know just how bad any pollution is under the sea immediately surrounding Napoli. However earlier this week there was some remarkable underwater TV footage taken just outside the aforementioned area that showed that particular bit of environment in near pristine condition. The rare corals and pink sea fans I am pleased to say are surviving very well. I understand that pink sea fans are rare and that our south west waters are a stronghold for them. More about this story can be seen here.
Not so good news is that ten or so containers have been washed off the wreck and that 7 have come ashore in rather inaccessible areas of the coast between Sidmouth and Branscombe; the risk of pollution though is thought to be minimal. The authorities do seem to have the situation well under control and I think anyone considering scavenging will be very disappointed.
My understanding is that the insurers are going to pay for all the considerable follow on costs of dealing with the Napoli. I certainly hope so as the presence of police and other officials over a long period of time will otherwise be a massive cost to the hard pressed council tax payers of Devon.