Napoli work starts

PUBLISHED: 16:34 11 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:32 17 June 2010

UNDERWATER explosives were used to re-start the process of removing the final section of the MSC Napoli. Contractors used cutting charges to remove the stricken vessel's propeller and rudder and cut the main drive shaft as work began yesterday. Maritime a

UNDERWATER explosives were used to re-start the process of removing the final section of the MSC Napoli.Contractors used cutting charges to remove the stricken vessel's propeller and rudder and cut the main drive shaft as work began yesterday.Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman Fred Caygill said: "Once this preparatory work has been completed, at-sea equipment including accommodation, working and scrap barges, a crane and cutting machine will be mobilised to the site at Branscombe at the end of April."Mr Caygill said contingency plans to minimise any environmental impact were in place and an at-sea exclusion zone of 1,500 metres was in force. Clean-up contractors will remain in place throughout the operation, which is expected to take five months. A full underwater survey of the site, to ensure the seabed is clear of debris, will then be carried out.Branscombe-based Stuart Britton, National Trust East Devon area warden, said: "We are really pleased work is getting underway. Hopefully it can be done in an environmentally sensitive manner with minimal impact on our summer."Our concern is the amount of litter coming up on the beach and ensuring that work is continuing to keep the beaches clear of debris.

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