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MSC Napoli

MSC Napoli
Accident date
Western Channel
Accident area
north of Trégastel, Côtes d'Armor
Spill area
Cause of spill
Structural damage
Product transported
various goods
Quantity transported
41,730 tonnes
Nature of pollutant
various goods + bunker fuel oil
Quantity spilled
119 containers of various goods + 50 tonnes of IFO 380 + 150 tonnes of marine diesel oil
Ship / structure type
Container ship (4,688 TEU)
Built date
Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries Co Ltd (Koje, South Korea)
275.67 m
38.18 m
13.52 m
Metvale Limited
Zodiac Maritime Agency Ltd
P&I Club
London Steamship Owners Mutual Insurance Association
Classification society
Bureau Veritas (1991-2002), Det Norske Veritas (2002)

The incident

On 18 January 2007, the UK-registered container ship MSC Napoli, on passage from Antwerp (Belgium) to Sines (Portugal), was caught in severe weather conditions – Beaufort force 10 to 11 southwesterly winds, 5 to 10 metre waves) at the west end of the English Channel, and suffered a crack in the hull, both on port and starboard sides level with the bridge.

The leaks sprung flooded the machine room and the head mechanic decided to stop the main engine. The captain immediately transmitted a distress call at around 10:30 (GMT) received by Falmouth MRCC and CROSS Corsen, who worked together to coordinate response.

The French Navy helicopter Super Frelon arrived onsite at 10:53 and confirmed the presence of a crack in the hull. The vessel developed at list and the Master ordered the crew to abandon ship at 11:15. The French authorities requested assistance from the British Coastguards to rescue the crew. In the early afternoon, two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters of 771 Squadron (RNAS, Culdrose) airlifted the 26 crew members (including seamen from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey, India and the Philippines, as well as two young British cadets) to safety, rescuing them from their life boats drifting 100 km north of Ouessant Island.

This was the beginning of an affair which was to last 924 days.


Last update on 28/04/2010

See also

Rosa M, Date : 30/11/1997, Location: Channel

Cedre Newsletter, 2009, N ° 170

External links

Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd. Press releases

CIIMAR database:  fate and weathering of Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) involved

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