MSC Napoli: timeline
Follow the saga of the MSC Napoli in pictures and words from the day she first got into difficulties to the latest salvage efforts. Watch the videos of the controlled explosions on board as the ship is broken in two.
On Thursday 18 January 2007 the container ship MSC Napoli sent out a distress signal after getting into difficulties in the English Channel. The 62,000-tonne vessel took in water through a hole in its side and the crew were forced to abandon ship.
Salvage efforts over the following few days didn't go to plan and
the ship had to be beached off the East Devon coast. What followed
was an extraordinary catalogue of events as her cargo spilled onto
local beaches around Branscombe.
last updated: 02/10/08