January 2007

On 18th January 2007 during passage through the english channel, the 4,419 TEU container ship "MSC NAPOLI" encountered heavy seas, causing the vessel to pitch heavily, eventually leading to catastrophic failure of the hull in way of the engine room.  A distress call was later broadcast with all 26 crew members abandoning the vessel.

Salvages services were initiated the following day on 19th January 2007 and the disabled vessel subsequently towed towards Portland, UK, before being intentionally beached in Branscombe Bay due to concerns over the remaining structural integrity of the hull.  Taylor Marine were appointed by Salvors to assist with the monitoring and discharging of containers on board the casualty, including subsequent joint survey of cargo.