Followers of the saga of the MSC Napoli will be aware that following the successful operation to relieve her of her cargo the ship was refloated at the start of this week. By moving her off the sandbank near Branscombe and taking her slightly seaward it was possible for divers to at long last have a look at the structural damage she had sustained. The crack in her hull just forward of the accommodation block is evidently much worse than originally feared so, for safety's sake, Napoli will be beached again. Effectively her back is broken. She won't be on the move for the moment that's for sure.
In a previous entry I had expressed my concern that she should be thoroughly examined whether or not she was moved. Devon County Council's enquiry into all the events pertaining to the MSC Napoli is due to start later this year and the evidence the diving experts can produce will be fundamental in trying to ascertain the cause of Napoli's problem in the first place. The quality of the repairs after she had her first mishap is really important to determine if possible.
Looking back through the blog it is interesting to see just how often I've made an entry on the unfolding Napoli story. Starting with the dramatic rescue of her crew in the English Channel which I blogged about on 18th January this is I think the eighteenth time the MSC Napoli has been the subject I've written about. Phew!
It's been great to have comments from fellow bloggers Roger Thomas from Scotland (Applied Planetary Engineering) and Shaun from middle England (Shauns Bicester Info Blog). Thanks chaps!
This isn't the end of Napoli for me of course but as a reminder of the story so far here is a link showing a series of photos taken as the clean up began. And another link here of photos of this week's refloating.