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Sunday, 21 January 2007


Latest shipping news. MSC Napoli, a Panamax scale container ship, founders in the sea off the Devon coast UK.

See http://www.gnn.gov.uk/Content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=258156&NewsAreaID=2 for details

There is NO reason why this couldn't happen to a bulk carrier anchored in the Gulf, at the mercy of a category five cyclone, with disastrous consequences guaranteed from fuel oil spillages, as can be seen in the first image.

MSC Napoli stricken.




Showing the oil slick seeping from the stranded ship



As the stricken ship founders, the large crack in its side becomes visible above the vessel's waterline. The ship appears to have suffered structural failure during the strorm and not as a result of being deliberately beached.



Listing heavily in the sea off the Devon coast.



Demonstrating the huge scale of these ships. However at 62,000 tonnes and 275 metres long, MSC Napoli is still not as large as the 300 metre ships proposed for Gulf shipping by Straits Resources.



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